Chris March

Chris explains the difficulties of working with dogs.

on Nov 22, 2011

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.