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Pet Gala: 7 photos of dogs in attires similar to ‘what celebrities wore at Met Gala’

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May 22, 2024 03:29 PM IST

“I want people to understand that we’re not making fun of the Met Gala. We’re not mimicking the Met Gala": Designer who organised the Pet Gala.

They may call it a catwalk, but the Pet Gala is the dogs' time to shine.

A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show at AKC Museum of The Dog. (AP)
A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show at AKC Museum of The Dog. (AP)

Designer Anthony Rubio threw the now-annual fashion fete Monday night, sending 18 dogs down the red carpet at New York's American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Each canine donned couture similar to what celebrities wore at the Met Gala just two weeks earlier.

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A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show.(AP)
A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show.(AP)

Here's another dog in a fashionable attire:

Livie, a Morkie dressed as US model Gigi Hadid, poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)
Livie, a Morkie dressed as US model Gigi Hadid, poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)

“I want people to understand that we’re not making fun of the Met Gala. We’re not mimicking the Met Gala,” Rubio said. “We’re elevating and appraising and appreciating the wonderful designs that were presented at the Met Gala by the most talented designers of the world.”

Isn't this pooch a fashionista?

A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show at AKC Museum of The Dog. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show at AKC Museum of The Dog. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Dressed to steal hearts!

Suki, a Chinese Crested dressed as US television personality Gayle King, sits with her owner during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)
Suki, a Chinese Crested dressed as US television personality Gayle King, sits with her owner during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)

At $300 a ticket, proceeds from the Pet Gala benefit the host museum — much like its human counterpart uptown serves as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

Most of the furry fashionistas were pint-sized — even the role of Chris Hemsworth was played by a shih tzu — though there was a Leonberger in the mix. Some of the Met Gala's most talked about stars were represented: Daffodil the Pomeranian as Jennifer Lopez, Kimba the chihuahua in one of Zendaya's looks, Miley-Jo the Chorkie as Cardi B and Bastian the terrier as Colman Domingo. This year's gala dress code was the Garden of Time, accompanying the Met's “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” exhibit.

Daffodil, a Pomeranian dressed as US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)
Daffodil, a Pomeranian dressed as US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)

A fashion icon

Saya, a Pocket Pitbull dressed as Colombian singer Shakira poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)
Saya, a Pocket Pitbull dressed as Colombian singer Shakira poses during the "The Pet Gala". (AFP)

The dogs' outfits will be housed at the Museum of the Dog for the month of June, Rubio said.

“Every photographer tells you it’s the hardest job to work with ... kids and animals. Not in my world," said Rubio, who worked “tirelessly” to adapt the garments in the short timeframe. “I think the people are a lot harder to work with because the dogs do not complain. In my world, the dogs don’t get forced to wear what they don’t want to wear.”

A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
A dog attends the Pet Gala fashion show. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Unlike Messi the dog's turn last week on the Cannes carpet, the red carpet at the AKC Museum did not quite go unspoiled. That's not quite something you'd see at the Met Gala.

But Rubio did have a message for the Met Gala's impresario: “Now, I should say that I would love — if Anna Wintour is listening — I would love to be the first one to walk on the red carpet with a canine model in canine couture. Just putting it out there.”

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