Fur is used extensively in garments, both in the main body of the garment (coats and jackets) and in trims for collars, cuffs, and hems. It is also often used in accessories. Numerous types of animal fur are employed including fox, rabbit, mink, beaver, ermine, sable, seals, chinchilla, and others as well as some exotic animal skins (leopard, bear, for example). The growth of anti-fur sentiment has led to less use of fur in fashion and the rise of imitation furs – faux-furs – made of man-made fibers. Different furs vary in appearance according to the length of the fibers, whether they lie smooth and flat or are more bristly and have spiky silhouettes. The nap of a fur is the direction that the hairs grown in. When garments are made from different pelts they are cut and placed so that the nap will appear to run in the same direction in the same part of the garment, or between the two arms or legs, for example. Furs can by dyed in a range of colors or left undyed.


We recommend Colors For Fashion for more on on how to use markers, color theory and composition in fashion drawing, drawing garments of different fabrics, skin tone, etc. A number of books by Nancy Riegelman, including 9 Heads are available in our shop here.