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June 22, 2011


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Karan Feder

The Liberace costume collection has a few examples of monkey fur incorporated into stage costumes. Liberace asserted that the monkey fur had been re-purposed, although there is also a leopard skin tuxedo jacket in the collection....

Hana - Marmota

I noticed there's probably a mistake... you mention a cartoon from "1992" - I suppose that was to be 1892.
All historical, fashion and moral issues aside, I think I like the fur of colobus monkey much more when still atached to a live animal - I think that's a design no fashion can surpass. :-)


Out of all the things in costume we no longer use, monkey fur has always been the one that grossed me out the most.


Hana-Thanks for catching the typo! I did mean to type 1892, and it's now fixed in the post.

Karan-It's possible that the monkey fur in Liberace's collection was actually repurposed from other garments. I've seen this done sometimes in historic garments, as fur is/was such an expensive item. This is particularly true for the exotic furs like monkey, big cat, as it's illegal to import/buy/sell. I think it is also illegal to buy or sell even vintage exotic furs without a permit, though I'd have to double-check on this.

Kara-Synthetic monkey fur is probably a convincing substitute!

Diana Zlatanovski

Wow! Oddly enough (or actually maybe not odd at all) the silhouette of the jacket is slightly gorilla-esque.

Any chance they were just catching and shaving the monkeys? I'm going to convince myself that's how they acquired all of this fur...


I was told that shooting monkeys for this purpose was outlawed in 1928...thus considered an endangered species and illegal to sell since 1970.
I have a knee length one.


Fur is murder. How dare you use the excuse that it's been worn for thousands of years. YES to keep warm when we didn't have cotton, polyester, nylon etc. How dare you use that as an excuse to murder innocent animals who are used for NOTHING other than to make you look good, you don't eat the organs for survival, you just skin and wear. This is vulgar, wrong and anyone who wears a fur of any type should be skinned too and worn as a trophy, see how they might like it!


Fur is murder...to clean. This is a fascinating article about a fur I didn't know was used. I don't think however it would have been too popular up here in the north. We'll stick to our seal and wolf.

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