Fashion: Warming Up To Fur

Recently the most reviled of materials, fur is the fashion set's newest plaything

One evening last month, in the barn of a farm in Bellville, Ohio, about a dozen fox farmers stood around, hands in belts, watching a video. On the screen, a bevy of thin, gorgeous, haughty women strode down the catwalk, all wearing something furry. It was a compilation of high-fashion shows from Milan, and while the farmers were more bemused than impressed, that tape may represent their best hope for a lucrative future.

The fashion industry, never a business that espouses moderation, has re-embraced fur with a vengeance. Fur, always a cyclical business, had its best years in the mid-'80s but...

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