Cree McCree, a New Orleans environmentalist and designer has designed a line of nutria clothing dubbed Righteous Fur. Her aim was to create a fashion trend using the bane of the wetlands, nutria. Create a demand and the market will take over, helping to keep the marsh grass chomping swamp rats under control.
Her first fashion shows were in New Orleans and Thibodaux. That was a few years ago. This week, she hit the runways of New York. A fashion Nutria-palooza will take place at the House of Yes, an art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday.
Sponsored by the is the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the show is as much an environmental education opportunity as it is a fashion statement. For the fur-phobic, nutria, says McCree is a guilt free way to go.
And nutria fur is making inroads. According to the New York Times
, designers like Billy Reid, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta have incorporated nutria lining or trim in recent collections.
It’s a start. Now if we could only persuade Rachael Ray to come up with a nutria spaghetti sauce, we’d save the wetlands for sure.