Professional “pet couturier” Anthony Rubio has recreated the Catholic-inspired costumes worn by Rihanna, Stella Maxwell and Blake Lively for his chihuahuas Bogie and Kimba. “I was raised a devout Catholic and was so excited when thet Heavenly Bodies theme was announced,” Rubio told The New York Post. “Religion does play such a huge role in influencing history and fashion.”
Rubio took five days to craft the gold-embellished papal vestments and a chain-mail tunic with a Byzantine cross. Maxwell’s jewel-encrusted Moschino column took a whole week as he carefully “drew, painted and embellished each depiction of the Virgin [on the dress].”
While Rubio has only recreated four of the Gala outfits he says he may produce more for his Kickstarter-funded book Canine Couture. “The designs I chose to emulate were the creations that most struck me when they arrived to the red carpet,” he says. “There were so many wonderful designs. It was quite difficult to narrow my choices down.”
Helping Dogs Find Homes
In the Kickstarter page Rubio explains that his pet fashions led him to design clothing for humans. “Since being invited to present my canine fashions as the first ever pet designer in the history of New York Fashion Week I have had to create Women’s wear to coordinate with the Canine fashions. I like to remind everyone that the canines are the real models and the humans are the accessories,” he said.
Rubio insists that he works hard to help dogs in need through his work. “Every season, I partner up with animal shelters and animal organizations to include dogs that are up for adoption in these shows. It’s not just having these dogs on the runway, it’s also about getting exposure for the animal rescue organizations by telling the stories of the pets they have rescued. I’ve had dogs on my runway that were rescued from kill shelters, abandoned on the beaches in Puerto Rico, rescued from Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and more. If I were to show these dogs when they were first rescued, people would look away, but if I dressed them up in glamorous attire that would give the dog a personally, the people might stop and maybe adopt or help. I am very proud to say that this idea has brought great success with these rescues finding forever homes and families.”