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September 14, 2015 12:18 PM EDT

We could debate crop tops, Crocs and other atrocities, but their popularity will ebb and flow. We’ll look back on fur, however, with WTF disdain, seeing it as fashion’s most egregious vulgarity.

One of my first acts teaching at Parsons School of Design was to invite PETA to speak. I had a responsibility to present a broad perspective. Design is an amalgam of choices—materials, certainly, but also moral and ethical choices.

About 12 years ago, I believed that fur was on the decline. But fur is back full throttle. It’s the imprimatur of luxury, I am told. Really? It’s the slaughtering of living things. One day we will look back on ourselves as social, ecological and environmental savages.

Gunn is a fashion consultant and a producer for Project Runway

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