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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fashion primps the pooch

Advertiser Staff

NEW YORK A bride wore ruffled white satin and a groom strutted in top hat and tux. And nobody piddled!

Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology put sometimes-squirmy dogs on the catwalk for a show last week without mishap.

Lily, a wide-eyed papillon, pranced to oohs and aahs, dressed as a magical flower fairy in pink and purple tulle and wings. Schultzy, a West Highland terrier, was bold in white against her snowy fur as she worked the train on her bridal gown.

It was FIT's second annual pet fashion show. The dogs, all in the FIT family except two from a shelter, were right on trend.

Jake, a Yorkshire terrier, was macho in a fur-collar leather bomber jacket and military green camo. Bruno, a mix available for adoption, went organic in a patterned wool knit "turtleback" sweater.

To a driving dance beat, they stepped on stage from a faux dog house. Molly (also from a shelter) seemed a tad reluctant to take the first stroll, in an FIT towel wrap, but quickly found her feet. Miniature poodle Zoe seemed born for the catwalk in a yellow-lined cotton and linen collar with matching garter.

"No one barked, bit, peed, jumped, growled or otherwise misbehaved," noted FIT spokeswoman Cheryl Fein.