Julien Macdonald Receives Thank-You Gift From PETA After Apologizing for Fur Use

For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2017

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Los Angeles – A bouquet of flowers and a box of vegan chocolates are on their way to one of PETA’s former foes, fashion designer to the stars Julien Macdonald—who has styled celebrities from Gigi Hadid to Jennifer Lopez—after he apologized on Monday for his past penchant for fur. He told Reuters, “As a young designer I did use a lot of fur and do you know what, I think you should perhaps try not to. … It was my mistake. I was young. I am sorry. . . . You do not need to kill animals to wear nice clothes.”

PETA had protested Macdonald’s use of animal pelts for years and stormed his runway multiple times during the last few decades, including in 2003 at his London Fashion Week show, where attendees gasped audibly and P!nk stood up to applaud the anti-fur stunt.

“PETA is thrilled that Julien has opened his heart to animals,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, “and we hope the remaining designers who use fur will also evolve.”

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