Fashion for dogs: from a cape to a golden cloak

Most people think that dog outfits began to be created quite recently, and the first trendsetter for dogs was the chihuahua of the notorious Hollywood diva Peris Hilton.

No matter how wrong! The first dog clothes were sewn in Great Britain in the time of King Arthur around 520. True, she didn’t differ in refinement: it was leather armor that wrapped dogs in order to protect them during bloody military clashes.

From socialite to dog fashion

Cloaks and capes, vaguely reminiscent of modern, appeared only in the 18th century. The homeland of dog clothes is England. The prudent British came to the conclusion that it was indecent to appear in public with a naked dog. In addition, these constant rains and fogs ... In general, the dog owners decided to wrap their pets in cloth, in something like an improvised robe. There was no question of any beauty or fashion then.

Truly dogs began to indulge France. It was there that the notion of "dog fashion" originated. Local socialites required their tailors to create an exact, reduced copy of their costumes — for their favorite dogs. The first company specializing in fashion for dogs was “GOYARD”. By the way, she still does just that! In 1892, “GOYARD” published the world's first catalog of canine fashion. Then it was a real sensation.

Fashion for dogs in Japan

Today, in terms of the number of stores that sell clothes for dogs and beauty salons for animals, Japan is in the lead. By the way, it is the Japanese fashion designer Yakio Kato who is considered the father of elegant canine fashion.

The passion that glorified the designer began with the fact that he sewed a beautiful blanket for his dog. The friends of his wife were delighted with the pet, and Yakio Kato received the first orders. It was he who in 1982 opened in Tokyo, the first in the history of Dog Fashion House. Fashion shows in it were held twice a year. After consulting with the veterinarians, Yakio Kato decided to produce a variety of accessories for his outfits: items for the care of wool, shoes, special furniture and dishes.

Now the doors of legendary fashion houses are open for dogs: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry ... And venerable designers each season create a new collection for our four-legged friends.

So, in late October, an animal fashion show was held at the Ritz Plaza in New York. Fashionable dogs in luxurious dresses, decorated with diamonds and furs, walked along the red carpet and the catwalk. Dog fashion designer Anthony Rubio presented his Chihuahua Gods, dressed in a shiny golden dress coat, mini top hat and a ruffle collar. Another fashion designer Ashley Talmadzh and her half-breed Spitz Riley showed a sporty style, dressed up in the t-shirts of the club “New York Giants”. And one four-legged participant of the defile appeared on the podium in a red varnish coat ...

Not a whim, but a necessity

Despite the fact that many are still skeptical about animal outfits, veterinarians say that clothes are simply necessary for dogs, especially on cold days.

Why do you need to wear dogs?

  • Some breeds of dogs (Chinese Crested, Toy Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier) are not protected from cold and rain and can freeze to death without clothes.
  • In addition, in the winter, the roads are sprinkled with a special compound that is very harmful for dogs: it eats away the paws and entangles wool in thick mats. Therefore, to avoid problems, it is easier to put on a four-legged friend.
  • You also need to dress animals after surgery to protect the body from infections and germs.

Many dogs categorically refuse to dress: they try to tear their pockets, growl and even go on a hunger strike. There are two reasonable explanations: either the outfit does not fit your pet in size, model, material quality, or the dog is allergic to this fabric. Check out both versions. If, despite the change of clothes, the dog is opposed to clothes, you should contact an experienced dog handler, who will explain to your pet all the advantages of an autumn-winter wardrobe.

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