Forget Fashion Week, New York's 'Pet Fashion Show' Was Full Of Dogs In Amazing Costumes

Louise Donovan
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From ELLE

From dining-set briefcases (thanks Brandon Maxwell) to Bella's Big Dress Energy, New York fashion week is already shaping up to be bigger and better than last season.

But in our 24/7 world of Instagram, alongside the onslaught of incessant political news (46 days until Brexit, people), perhaps you're already feeling a little burnt out.

Know what will help? Animals. Lots of them, in extremely cute outfits.

You might not know this, but each February, New York pet fashion show takes place – it's the largest pet fashion and animal rescue benefit in America. This year the event took place at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, New York.

The show features themed catwalk shows with dogs in costume walking alongside rescue dogs needing homes.

Introducing Meghan Barkle and Harry Prince of Tails:

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It's all to raise money for the New York Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a charity that works with more than 150 rescue groups and shelters to save the lives of the city's homeless animals.

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There are plenty of awards dished out - the biggest are the Best In Show prize and the one given for the Most Interesting Costume. Pets and owners alike get in on the action:

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Four catwalk shows took place, with themes including: Hollywood dreams, angels and demons, and international masquerade.

But it wasn't just dogs showing off their best outfits. Midge, a 25-inch-tall, 125-pound equine, also trotted down the runway.

The first horse in the event’s 16-year history, she arrived to the venue via SUV and sported a red-and-white sequinned cape and matching mask. Her costume was designed by noted pet couturier Ada Nieves.



Midge, who has dwarfism, was recused by Justin and Mindy Alameda nearly two years ago.

'She lived in Texas where she was being kept in a dog crate,' Justin told The Post.

'It was a dream come true,' said Nieves, who has designed outfits for dogs, cats, chickens and even a camel. 'I kept things simple, because I wanted her to be comfortable. No pant legs. But I did add a lot of bling.'

Want more pics? Check out The Guardian's selection here.

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