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Winners in Fabulous-Furs, Humane Society design contest at NYC’s Parsons’ announced


The winning design incorporated feathery pelts in a juxtaposition of the faux fur and open-knit fabric. (Photo provided)

The winning design incorporated feathery pelts in a juxtaposition of the faux fur and open-knit fabric. (Photo provided)

 
Northern Kentucky entrepreneur and designer Donna Salyers has learned a lot about faux fur in her 25 years as founder and president of Covington’s Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs. Now she’s passing on that knowledge to designers at New York City’s Parsons’ The New School for Design.
 
Last semester, Salyers taught a workshop at Parsons on her faux fur techniques. Then she donated material and joined The Humane Society of the United States in sponsoring a faux-fur design contest.
 
The winners have now been announced.
 
Winning first prize was Xuanxuan Li, who will now receive a $1,500 cash prize. Coming in second was Marian “Carmen” Ramirez, who will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
 
The awards were funded by The Humane Society and recognize creativity in designing fashion with alternatives to animal fur. The contest included the categories of women’s wear, menswear, children’s clothing and accessories. The designs in these categories were incorporated into the student’s senior thesis or other major studio project. The winners were then selected by a panel of faculty and designer John Bartlett.


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