Chris explains the difficulties of working with dogs.
I guess it had to happen again eventually -- making an outfit for a dog. In this case, a small dog named Ralphie, whose owner, Maria Sansone, wanted to steal Best in Show at this year's Paws for Style charity event in NYC. Paws for Style is a pet fashion show for celebs and their pets, and it is usually a night of fun (and eccentric personalities), as even the most sensible people seem to go crazy over their dogs (see: Christine). Don't get me wrong, I have fun too -- it's just that dogs are tough clients, and they usually don't want to wear wacky clothing, unless they have been trained to since puppyhood.
We came up with the ultimate ‘50s housewife look for Maria, as she has a collection of vintage aprons and just loves the fantasy of June Cleaver domestic perfection. I came up with the idea of her "shopping" cart so that Ralphie would not be tempted to run away, and so he could stay close to his mommy. The actual procurement of the cart, however, was more difficult than we thought. Leave it to Matt James not to return empty-handed, even if he had to buy a shopping cart off of a Manhattan "street resident." A creative, if squalid, way to solve a problem. A couple of hours later, with the help of an outraged Jake and a few gallons of bleach – voila -- a perfect shopping cart for $60. Only in New York. Here was my chance to create the ultimate fit and flare dress for a dream housewife, complete with blonde bubble-flip hairdo and ruffled apron. Oh, and don't forget the pearls!
We went for it, leaving out no detail, including Christine sewing 100 yards of blue trim on to the edge of a pink petticoat for sheer perfection. We dressed Ralphie as a super cute loaf of bread ("Wonder Dog"), and Maria was thrilled with the result, which was a Mad Men/Mad Fashion collision of vintage meets fabulous! With the wig, she hesitated a little until we redid it to be slightly smaller and more perky...head to toe she looked like a perfectly frosted cake. You could just hear that perky ‘50s music playing in the background.At the event, she and Ralphie stole the show, as no one else even came close to our elaborate and clever fashioning of her look. She was over the moon excited, and got more attention than she could handle! That's my specialty I guess, making an impression that no one will ever forget, and that makes the wearer addicted to attention so they can't wait to do it again. It's such a fabulous feeling, who wouldn't keep coming back for more?
See you soon,