Donna Salyers' New York City Faux Fur Design Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the first faux-fur design competition at Parsons The New School for Design have been announced.
The grand prize winner, Xuanxuan Li, will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and runner-up Marina “Carmen” Ramirez will receive $1,000. The awards, provided by The Humane Society of the United States, recognize the students’ creative and fashionable designs incorporating alternatives to animal fur.
The contest, launched last August by The HSUS and Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, challenged students to create faux-fur designs within the categories of women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear or accessories. These designs were then to be incorporated into the students’ senior thesis or other major studio project. The winners were selected by a panel of faculty and designer John Bartlett.
Prior to the competition’s launch, Donna Salyers, founder and President of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs in Covington, led a workshop at Parsons on techniques she developed during her twenty-five years working with faux fur. Salyers also donated the material for the finalists to create their designs.
Since 2009, The HSUS has been presenting at the prestigious design school to educate the next generations of fashion designers about the problems associated with animal fur – welfare, labeling and environmental.