Photos: Giant ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ Dressed as Grim Reaper Crashes Fendi Anniversary Party

For Immediate Release:

7 July 2016


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PETA Urges Designer to Join Other Luxury Labels in Banning Fur

Rome – On Thursday, a PETA supporter dressed as a larger-than-life Karl Lagerfeld in a Grim Reaper costume and carrying a sign reading, “Fur Is Death”, descended on Fendi’s 90th-anniversary Haute Fourrure fashion show in Rome to protest the fashion house’s love affair with fur. The protester also held a prop of a white cat to highlight the hypocrisy of the designer, who has been the brand’s creative director for over 50 years and pampers his beloved cat, Choupette, while other animals endure excruciating deaths for Fendi’s fur.

Photos of the protest are available here, here, here and here. Video footage can be viewed here.

“Karl Lagerfeld is the Grim Reaper of fashion, doling out violent death sentences to countless animals, just for tacky, vulgar fur”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on Lagerfeld to join Armani, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein in ditching cruelly obtained fur – and asks kind shoppers to ban Fendi from their closets until this happens.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that more than 85 per cent of the fur sold today comes from facilities in which minks, foxes and other animals are caged for their entire lives in foul-smelling sheds before being skinned, sometimes while still alive. Numerous investigations of fur farms across many countries have documented cruel, filthy conditions and extreme animal suffering, including animals with missing limbs, festering and untreated open wounds, and severe psychological distress. Eyewitnesses have also seen baby animals who were kept in cages with the rotting corpses of their mothers.

Many top fashion designers – including Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Tommy Hilfiger – are completely fur-free.

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