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Brief Published: 28 Jun 2012

Real Fake Fur


A recent graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s MA course Textile Futures, Sophie Stoenner creates sustainable real fur trimmings without harming or culling animals in the process.

Inspired by the opulent 1920s, Stoenner’s trimmings have a vintage aesthetic and are made from fur that has been naturally shed, cut or shaved-off live animals that remain unharmed. An internship in a zoo allowed Stoenner to work with a variety of animals and develop her knowledge of fur and how to work with it, with the intention of helping the fur industry rethink fur production.

The moral questions surrounding fur in fashion have been a constant source of contention over the past 30 years, so Stoenner’s trimmings offer an ethical, aesthetically pleasing alternative to both real and fake fur.

Real Fake Fur