As many of you fashionistas know, May 1st was the official date of the 2017 Met Gala, which in the fashion world, is a huge deal—if not the biggest deal. This is a time when fashion designers all over the world bring out the big guns. That’s why we weren’t surprised at all when we found out dogs were involved (and thank goodness for that). The Metropolitan Museum of Art will honor Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garcos with a fundraiser for the annual exhibition at the Met’s Costume Institute. The work of these two fashion designers is iconic for their Avant-garde style and bazaar materials. Some of these specific pieces even require training to wear. These dogs give the most professional HUMAN fashion model a run for their money. Yeah, they’re that good.
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Thanks to pet stylist, Anthony Rubio, Kawakuo’s designs come to life on real, tail-wagging dogs and it’s pure magic, not to mention a wonderful honor for the famous designers. Rubio, who is native to New York City, has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years and his specialty? Pet couture. He’s creations include elaborate animal costumes, gowns and stylish couture pieces. His work has been featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Rubio wanted to applaud these iconic fashion designers by putting their specific looks on dogs, because why the hell not?
“Rei Kawakubo is a visionary breaking all of the rules of conventional fashion and forcing one to question what is fashion and how it is or can be interpreted,” Rubio writes in an email to Bustle. “Kawakubo forces us to stretch our imaginations by presenting shapes compositions that breaks all the molds of what we consider normal. It is not to everyone’s taste or liking yet it is something deserving a closer look and investigation.”
Rubio used his adorable pups, Bogie and Kimba to model, recreating three of Kawakuo’s classic older looks.
These dogs may be dressed in high fashion clothing but they appear to be thoroughly enjoying it. The first dog, dressed in a pink headdress, equipped with a cape and all is too cute.
“I decided to look into and try to understand the meaning of Avant Guard Fashion [sic] and the designer considered the queen of this art form,” Rubio writes. “The more I investigated the more I learned that there are so many layers to understand and as a result I find myself traveling down the virtual rabbit hole wanting to explore further and eventually experiment or at the very least delve in this form of expression.”
Rubio may not design clothing for humans, but his talents for dog design is better than anything else that’s ever existed. How many dog designers do you know? No wonder his talents have landed him on top television shows, in high status fashion shows and allowed him to travel all over the globe. He’s one special pet couture coinsurer.
To explore more of over the top pet fashions, check out all of Rubio’s amazing looks here: https://anthonyrubiodesigns.com