Project Runway’s Tim Gunn Exposes Fashion Cruelty in New Video

Want to have a killer look without killing animals? Tim Gunn will help you “make it work”! Long before the success of Project Runway made him a household name, Gunn was a friend of PETA and animals.

When he was the chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design, Gunn started a program allowing PETA representatives to give presentations to students so that they could see for themselves what happens to animals who are tortured and killed for their fur. When Gunn became the chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., he invited PETA to show video footage depicting how animals are treated by the fashion industry worldwide and to present the many viable alternatives to animal fur.

Now Gunn is speaking up for animals again! But this time, Gunn wants you, the consumer, to know what animals endure in the name of fashion so that you can make informed decisions before buying clothing and accessories made from fur, wool, and leather. Gunn has become the latest celebrity to lend his voice to animals by narrating PETA’s new skins video which he sent with a personal appeal to Donna Karan and Giorgio Armani, who both use rabbit fur in their collections. His appeal has not fallen on deaf ears, as Donna Karan announced days later that her fall 2009 lines will be fur-free and that she has “no plans” to use fur in the future.

With so many alternatives to fur, wool, leather, and exotic skins available, there’s no reason to wear animals. As Tim would say, “Make it work”!

Please take a stand to help animals exploited and killed in the name of fashion by pledging to wear alternatives to fur, wool, and leather today!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind