Miami Student in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Design Contest

Miami - (Oct. 28, 2010) – Local student Valeria Krasavina will represent Miami International University of Art & Design as one of 17 finalists from across North America who will compete as part of The Humane Society of the United States’ sixth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. 


Cool vs. Cruel challenges Art Institutes students in Fashion Design programs throughout the United States, as well as Vancouver, to creatively reinterpret and replace the animal fur on runway looks by Zac Posen, Giorgio Armani, Burberry Prorsum, or Thakoon.  This year’s finalists were chosen from among more than 200 entries.


“This competition gives the next generation of designers the opportunity to learn about why many people are opposed to animal fur, as well as try their hand at alternatives,” said Michelle McDonald, deputy manager of the Fur-Free Campaign for the HSUS. 


Finalists will be judged by professionals in the fashion industry, including designers Marc Bouwer, John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Nick Friedberg, Leanne Hilgart, Holly Nichols, Elizabeth Olsen, Kimberly Ovitz and Charlotte Ronson; magazine editors Mickey Boardman and Shelly Vella; The Discerning Brute founder Joshua Katcher and 2009 competition winner Ingrid Bergstrom.


The grand-prize winner will receive a trip to New York City for the award presentation on November 17, as well as an expense-paid, weeklong internship with a celebrated fur-free designer.  The competition is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in collaboration with The Art Institutes.


Photos of Valeria Krasavina and her design are available upon request.  The design can be viewed at

Learn more about the contest, read the entry rules, and see the original runway looks at or




The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at 



Marcia Gomez, Director of Communications for Miami International University of Art & Design,, 305.428.5676

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