PETA Partners With UK Universities for Vegan Fashion Masterclass

PETA Partners With UK Universities for Vegan Fashion Masterclass

London – In 2021, PETA worked with three UK universities to introduce fashion design students to vegan fur and leather – and a new PETA video shows off the final animal-friendly projects, from dramatic black vegan leather dresses to bright and bubbly vegan fur hats.

Photos from the masterclasses are available here.

Students at the University of Chester, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College worked with bio-based vegan fur KOBA from French manufacturer ECOPEL and Mabel Industries’ vegan leather made from apple waste – and they universally praised the materials. “I’ve only briefly worked with animal leather in the past, and … I felt conflicted using such a material due to my own beliefs of responsible design,” explains Robert Gordon University Aberdeen student Cameron Lyall in the video. “But working with the apple leather was brilliant. The fabric is very versatile, it presses … really well, and it’s very easy to manipulate, even emboss.”

“Today’s fashion students recognise that no garment justifies killing an animal and polluting the planet,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “The future of fashion lies in innovative vegan fabrics, and PETA is proud to help these up-and-coming designers lead the way.”

PETA exposés have revealed that animals killed for leather endure castration, branding, and tail-docking, all without painkillers, and animals killed for fur are caged, bashed in the head, and electrocuted. Vegan fabrics are far kinder to animals and have a much smaller carbon footprint than animal-derived materials, as animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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