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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ratty fur coats: big in 2010

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 7:15 PM

With their wicked orange fangs, beady eyes and appetites for destruction, nutria have all the makings of a super-villain. So it's usually easy to overlook the swamp rat's one redeeming quality (and indeed, in Louisiana, its original raison d'etre): thick, plush pelts.

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Fifteen designers will change that when they showcase ratty couture during the Righteous Fur Nutria Design Challenge Fashion Show. This “nutria-palooza,” as nutria tooth jewelry designer and Righteous Fur mastermind Cree McCree calls it, features a virtual smorgasbord of nutria-centric performances  and activities designed to raise public awareness of this “guilt-free” fur. Screenings of Miss Pussycat's “North Pole Nutrias” and Ted Gesing's “Nutria” open the evening, followed by interpretive dances and poetic tributes to Louisiana's most notorious rodent. Cellist Helen Gillet performs in a nutria fur bikini alongside the Mystic Herd of Nutria drum corp, while a bevy of models showcase the latest in nutria fur fashion.

Featured designers include Avant Garbe, Bayou Salvage, Calamity, Defend New Orleans, Julie Ebel, Dana Embree, Jennifer Floyd, Carolina Gallop, Darlene Hargreaves, Howlpop, Gail Kiefer, Oliver Manhattan, New Orleans Magpie, Valerie Massimi and Tatyana Meshcheryakova and Jose Luis Rodriguez. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation's coastal restoration efforts.

Righteous Fur Nutria Design Challenge Fashion Show

Fri. Jan. 8

Marigny Theatre & Allways Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778

Tickets $10 at the door; $15 for reserved tables and VIP seating.

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