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Canine couture: Vivienne Westwood, Jenny Packham and Julian MacDonald create bespoke dog clothing

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 01/11/2018 Sabrina Carder
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Want your dog to be the most stylish pooch in the park?

Now is your chance, as some of fashion's biggest designers have created bespoke coats, collars and leads for your beloved four-legged friend in order to help Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

Vivienne Westewood, Julien Macdonald, Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham are just a few of the renowned British designers who have created couture coats to fit all shapes and sizes. 

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Jenny Packham tried to take some inspiration from her own pup, explaining: "I asked Byron my adorable rescue Sprocker from Battersea what I should design for glamorous dog coat.. He can’t talk and continued sleeping so I took inspiration from his luscious coat of Black and White fur and designed a classic ‘dogstooth’ weave created by using shiny sparkly sequins creating a smart but not ostentatious outerwear style."

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Julien Macdonald wanted to take his latest catwalk collection to the pavements: “I wanted the dog coat to have a subtle hint of my SS19 runway theme, so that it was true canine-couture... I wanted the very special model to strut down the Collars & Coats dog-walk feeling like a million dollars!"

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Indeed, the models are very special, as a range of Battersea rescue dogs were plucked from their kennels for the photoshoot, which was with none other than British photographer Rankin.

The line-up included five-year-old Bichon Frise Gemma, nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Daisy, and six-year-old British Bulldog Marjorie - who were all looking for a new home.

Since the shoot, all have now found new families, apart from five-year-old Greyhound Junior, who looked majestic in a Christopher Raeburn coat.

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The doggy fashion accessories were also equally impressive. There were collars dripping in Swarovski crystals and royal favourite Philip Treacy even contributed a one-of-a-kind pearl-embellished collar.

Each of the couture items will be unveiled in a 'Dog Walk' at Battersea's Collars & Coats Gala Ball on November 1. The show will also see a few famous faces take to the catwalk as David Gandy struts his stuff accompanied by his own Battersea rescue dog, Dora.

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Dogs, designer clothes and David Gandy. What more could you want?

You will also be able to bid on the items online, where bidding starts at £100.

Watch: Haute dogs! World renowned Irish hat maker features alongside top UK milliners in calendar showcasing rescue dogs donning elaborate canine couture (Dailymotion)

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