John Galliano refuses to use natural fur
Following such fashion houses as Versace, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and other socially responsible brands, Maison Margiela made a strategic decision to abandon the use of natural fur in its collections.
John Galliano, creative director of the brand Maison Margiela, announced his decision in an interview with the French Elle. According to the designer, this was prompted by a chance meeting with the senior vice-president of the animal protection organization PETA, Dan Matthew, who was vacationing at the sea in Saint-Tropez with Penelope Cruz. “One summer, Penelope and I swam in the sea, on one of the beaches in Saint-Tropez. And suddenly Dan emerged from the water. It was like in the movie “Jaws”, very scary! “- recognizes Galiano. After talking with Dan, the creative director of Maison Margiela decided not to use natural fur in making the collection of the brand. But the meeting with Matthews was not the only reason – John had already thought about this earlier, and ruled out meat from his diet after he started a dog Gypsy.
“The dog was part of my therapy. I have to take care of someone else to get rid of egocentrism. And my life has really become more balanced! I refused meat, to improve my physical form. I go in for sports, watch myself, and I never looked at life more sensibly. Due to the fact that I get less toxins, I feel incredible energy. The pressure in the fashion industry has remained the same, but now I know how to distance myself from this. The black band in my life was replaced by white! “- continues Galiano.
“Today we do not just need products, we need ethics, brands that protect the values that we share,” says John Galliano.
Refusing to use natural fur, the designer also decided to become a vegetarian. “Now my life is more balanced,” he says, “The pressure in the fashion industry has remained the same, but now I know how to get away from it with meditation.”
As the creative director of the Christian Dior house, Galliano actively used fur in the collections, even though PETA activists often thwarted shows (John headed the French house from 1996 to 2011).