These 4 upcoming months in The National Museum of Denmark will be the months of furs ( 4 October- 22 February).  It’s both an exhibition of this historical fabric, so as forum for the issue of life and death.  Saga Furs that acts as a fur auction house and brings fashion industries together, lent their fur collection to The National Museum of Denmark. This is where debates started.

Famous fashion designer artifacts are an example of modern use of fur, but besides this fabric modernization, there is a great pre-historical meaning. If you want to understand the meaning behind this issue, you have to observe and feel the result. Such famous fashion names like Yves Salomon, John Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel and etc. already proved us that furs are eternal. Every winter season is the season of fur. This exhibition will prove that the seasonal fabric was always a necessity of survival. From pre-historic times, up till present days fur has been the main clothing material. However, the modernization of fashion and clothing included synthetics into this issue, but was the meaning of faux fur the same?

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The explanation and a forum about furs is necessary, therefore Saga furs provides visitors with vital information and fur samples that can be touched. It is vital to know the role of this fabric in today’s fashion industry, so as it’s necessary to see the historical picture of survival. As an exhibition on fur clothing, it also serves as a historical background. Just by knowing the roots of fur clothing, we might understand why it is an issue of life and death? Ethical issues of fur farming and trapping animals have always been there, but we tend to forget it. Nowadays  the matter of life and death has a new, modernized meaning. In order to see the whole picture, pro-fur activists leads a debate on such issue. 

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The kaleidoscopic view of furs, fur stories and cultural traditions of Northern regions of the world, forms the whole picture of this issue. How did we use fur and how do we use it today. It is a perfect opportunity to discuss and over-think such issue of life and death. From animal welfare to the exploration of economical, cultural and ethical backgrounds. What does it mean to wear a fur coat, west, hat or scarf? ©An Issue of Life and Death. National Museum of Denmark

Is fur an eternal clothing fabric?