Art Institute student receives award

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes have announced that Evelyn Thompson, a student in the bachelor of arts in Fashion and Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, placed second in the eighth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. Thompson will receive a $750 cash award.

Cool vs. Cruel challenges fashion students at The Art Institutes schools throughout North America to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Lynne Riding, program coordinator of Fashion at The Art Institute of Charleston, said, “Evelyn Thompson’s design fully embraced the idea of using natural fibers and subtle color shifts, while pushing the fabrics in various ways as a means of replacing the texture of fur. Evelyn is passionate about fashion design and this national second place award will give her much confidence moving forwards, reinforcing her decision to transfer from the Fashion and Retail Management program to the Fashion Design program.” The Art Institute of Charleston recently announced that it is offering a bachelor of fine arts in Fashion Design program beginning in January.

“The Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition encourages fashion students to make humane choices by educating them about problems in the fur trade, including mislabeling, environmental impacts and welfare concerns for the millions of raccoon dogs, foxes, and other animals killed every year for their fur,” said Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager of the fur-free campaign for The Humane Society of the United States.

The judging panel selecting the winners included designers John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Anna Fortino, Leanne Hilgart, Nary Manivong, Elizabeth Olsen, PAPER magazine editor Mickey Boardman, founder and president of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs Donna Salyers, writer and reporter Nell Alk and editor of TheDiscerningBrute.com Joshua Katcher.

Learn more about the competition, view the original runway looks and find out about The Humane Society of the United States fur-free campaign at humanesociety.org/coolvscruel. To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit artinstitutes.edu.

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