Cutting up, restitching and refixing in customised/DIY style has become a theme as much in fashion design as in furniture. So when the International Fur Trade Federation introduced 'Pimp My Coat' as a new category for its International Fur Design competition, REMIX, it was bound to generate some impressive entries. The category was launched as a way to demonstrate one route to sustainability for fur, and it was Chicago-based designer Thom Olson who best rose to the challenge by reworking a vintage fur piece.
However, Olson was not alone in his inventiveness. The main REMIX competition saw 38 entrants, each of whom had already won a national fur design prize. This year, bronze went to Nagoya Fashion College student Yuya Itoh, for a draped mink dress and shrug, while silver went to Finnish designer Annika Heikinheimo, whose striking creation, a bright orange fur dress,combines a voluminous top half and lattice-work skirting. The winner of the gold award and a $3,000 prize was Hong Kong design student Sarah Lam Woon Hei, whose 1960s-inspired fur dress used clever application of dye to create a bold pattern of light and shade.
The competition, now in its eighth year, has seen some 360 designers from 21 countries take part and create dramatic and contemporary styles using this natural design material.