Pet gala 2024: Can you guess who these trendsetting dogs are dressed as?

Anthony Rubio, a renowned designer and 'Pet Couturier', recreated the outfits for the four-legged stars
Anthony Rubio, a renowned designer and 'Pet Couturier', recreated the outfits for the four-legged stars - Charles Sykes

For the second time this month New York city played host to a high-end charity fashion show, but this time dogs dressed to the nines were in the spotlight instead of the world’s rich and famous.

Pet fashion’s biggest night returned on Monday as canine stars stepped out onto the red carpet in micro-versions of the most memorable looks from this year’s Met Gala.

Perfectly groomed dogs arrived at the aptly named Pet Gala in Manhattan modelling fan favourites including outfits worn by Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Shakira and Bad Bunny.

A flower wall and dog-sized, 21-foot red carpet greeted attendees at the grand entrance to the AKC Museum of the Dog, which houses the world’s leading collection of dog art.

Anthony Rubio, a renowned designer and “Pet Couturier”, recreated the outfits for the four-legged stars in the two weeks that separate the event from its human counterpart.

The festivities included a champagne reception, a full runway show with commentary from Mr Rubio, and a sit-down dinner at the attached Club 101 with an open bar.

Pomeranians, Leonbergers and Morkies were among the dog breeds to model. The event also partnered up with animal shelters to include dogs that are up for adoption.

Mr Rubio said the Pet Gala is his “favourite time of the year” and reminded attendees that on this occasion the dogs are the real models and the humans are the accessories.

He insists that, unlike designing garments for the runway, the comfort of the animals is his “top priority”.

“Humans can suffer for their fashion, but dogs will not. Their comfort and safety is my top priority.”

Tickets to the event were priced at $300 (£236), with all proceeds from the event benefiting the host venue.

Admission to the Met Gala is $75,000 (£59,000) per ticket and those after a table will need to hand over at least another $350,000 (£275,000).

This year’s themed dress code, “the garden of time”, was a prelude to the hosting Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spring exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.

The exhibition showcases the use of technology to “reanimate” garments from the Met’s archives that are so fragile they can no longer be worn.

Mr Rubio, who started his career designing womenswear, became New York Fashion Week’s first ever pet designer after transforming runway looks to fit dogs and cats.

He said: “I love to challenge myself. The designers for The Met Gala have months to create their looks for celebrities to shine on the red carpet. I have two weeks to recreate them and for dogs.

“When I design for my Fashion Week runway shows, it’s all my aesthetic. For The Pet Gala, I have to figure out how to translate garments worn by humans onto our four-legged stars.”

He added: “It’s a challenge I’m always up for. I thrive under the pressure.”