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Bogie (L) and Kimba (R) pose with owner, Anthony Rubio. (Image: Adam Harnett/SWNS)
By Yasmin Harisha
Ever wondered how dogs would fare on the catwalk? Well look no further. These hilarious photos show well-heeled dog owners can now treat their pampered pets to the latest in high fashion.
Designer Anthony Rubio, from New York, produced each garment himself. They cost a minimum of £230 to make, with outfits encrusted with diamonds and Swarovski stones.
Anthony, who became the first pet fashion designer to showcase at New York's Fashion Week in 2012, often dresses both of his own Chihuahua boys in the garments.
Bogie, named after actor Humphrey Bogart, and his blonde brother Kimba, named after cartoon character Kimba the White Lion, are both his seven-year-old "professional" models.
Kimba the Chihuahua posing for the camera. (Image: Adam Harnett/SWNS)
Anthony, who studied fashion design at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, said: "I personally design and produce each garment myself. My inspirations come from anything that grabs my attention. I have been inspired by movies, visits to museums or costume exhibits.
"Considering that each garment is custom made, hence couture, and that I spare no expense on the very best materials, these creations fall under the umbrella ‘Luxury Goods’. The pricing starts at three hundred American dollars and the sky is the limit.
"I have been commissioned to design utilising semi-precious stones and uber-luxurious textiles – you can imagine the pricing."
Anthony says his creations for both canine and humans are custom designed and sold by appointment only.
The fashion expert started his designing for dogs after he rescued a small dog from the freezing cold and realised there was a lack of resources for pet apparel.
He added: "I had rescued a small dog who was always cold and trembling so out of necessity and lack of resources back 15 years ago for pet apparel, I decided to not only create pet fashions, but to elevate it to the luxury level.
"Many see and continue to appreciate my creations as art and have informed that they display them as such."
Bogie the Chihuahua is catwalk ready. (Image: Adam Harnett/SWNS)
Anthony has been designing for dogs for 15 years and has begun designing outfits inspired by the Met Gala.
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City.
Antony added: "The Met Gala caught my attention. I was challenged by the themes.
"I only design for dogs that are comfortable and willing to wear the fashions. Comfort and safety always come first and no dog is ever forced to wear anything. Once dressed they all love the attention and usually pose for pictures.
"I am the only designer in history to have put dogs on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week now eight seasons and in Los Angeles. They love to show off."
Anthony has been commissioned by Pepsi Cola Company, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, General Motors, and EMI Records among many others.
He says he gets inspired from designers and celebrities including Dolce and Gabbana, Viktor and Rolf, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.