FEATURE: BIRDS OF A FEATHER GRIEVE TOGETHER
Exploitation can happen in many industries; in the fashion world it is rewarded with praise and envious eyes. In the society that glamorizes wealth and high-quality goods, prized garments are produced from the removal of tender souls. Downs are the soft breast feathers, or under coating of waterfowl from birds (goose, duck, or swan), which are forcefully removed to adorn products. Down filled clothing are made and sold by hundreds of designers like: Ralph Lauren; Armani; Benetton; Gap; Lululemon; and, today’s limelight, Anna Sammarone.
Thanks to trend setters and style seekers: Feathers are predicted to be autumn’s latest hit trend. Blake Lively’s latest ensemble was decked out in feathers. The plume embellished Anna Sammarone coat with tailored trousers and Christian Louboutin heels ensemble was seen on Lively during a book launch in New York.
The process of picking down is shocking. Feathers are pulled from the bird’s breast, back, under the wings, and neck; however, designers like Emilio Pucci, Balmain, and Amanda Wakeley will look past this factor.Luxury brands aren’t the only perpetrators; inexpensive clothing manufacturers also misuse and exploit helpless animals. Fast fashion retailers H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 have tampered in the realm of animal cruelty with them paying a steeper price in ethical fashion without having you crease a dent in your wallet.
As Dena Takruri explains, “Fast fashion is like fast food. It’s the cheap version of the good stuff, sold in huge quantities.”
We need to remind ourselves—whether it is couture or fast fashion—the industry should not mistreat animal rights for achieving suitable style. Grounds for bringing pain, distress, and death are not worth the aesthetics to hold a feature on WWD.com. The fashion industry has a lot to be applauded for like the accomplishments that have been made over the decades in style and art; however, let us not praise nor support animal cruelty, mistreatment, and abuse. Unethical treatment is nothing to be awarded upon.by