Dogs in Vogue – 100 years of our companion in Vogue

Dogs in Vogue – 100 years of our companion in Vogue

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Dogs in Vogue

Vogue has used our canine friends in its magazine for the past 100 years. ”The next best thing to having the world at your feet is to have a dog at your heels.” proclaimed Vogue in 1930.


‘Blue-moon hats from Paris’ by Henry Clarke, ‘Vogue’ January 1954

The relationship with women and their dogs has developed through the years, from being our merely companions, to the present day, when some dogs are social media celebs in their own right. Here we are are only going to talk about what is in the book, Dogs In Vogue: A Century of Canine Chic, perfect to grace the most elegant Fashionista’s coffee table. The author, Judith Watt, has gone through the Vogue archives to find the progression of the relationship between fashion, women, their dogs, and social changes. She reports on how different breeds of dog are prevalent at certain times of history. In the 1910s, when the first copies of Vogue were distributed, the trend of Orientalism was at the forefront of Paris, so the breeds that were the most popular were from the near and Far East. With the expansion of British colonies to that side of the world, Pekingese dogs were brought back from The East; the rare Sacred Temple dogs of Pekin cost as much as $1000.


Dog in Vogue 1910

1930Eduardo Benito, JuneJuly

Eduardo Benito, June/July 1930


The Duchess of Windsor wearing Mainbocher and accompanied by a greyhound, by Cecil Beaton American ‘Vogue’, June 1937


1940s Vogue


Lady Diana Cooper at the British Embassy in Paris, by Cecil Beaton, 1946


1950s Vogue

During the Second World War, if a dog was in a Fashion shoot, the caption was quite often “model’s own”. After the war there was rush on dogs – Chihuahua and Mastiff were almost non existent in Britain.The more popular breeds were the ones that were easier to manage in a small space and easier to transport. Another important dog-in-Vogue moment was when David Bailey photographed Jean Shrimpton with her Yorkshire terrier Bertie in 1963.


Princess Radziwill with Thomas, her pug, by Henry Clarke, August 1960


Jean Shrimpton and Bertie, by Eugene Vernier, February 1963

In the mid 1990s, there was more interest in celebrity lives and that is reflected by Vogue adapting and introducing more celebrity content, including celebrity pooches. It was when British Vogue published Doggy Bag in 1996 that the “handbag dog” trend exploded into the mainstream and every one wanted one of the tea cup puppies, just like Paris Hilton’s. There is a lot of controversy around tea cup puppies as they are not always breed with the puppies’ health in mind. So the fashion community applauds Marc Jacob for happy pictures of him and his English Bull Terrier Alfred.

In conclusion, Pause thinks it’s interesting and enjoyable to see beautiful fashion imagery but we must always remember that dogs are our companions and our friends; we should always treat them with love and respect they deserve.


Kate Moss, Vogue, 1990s


Vivienne Westwood, The Go-Betweens, by Marc Hom, May 1997


A right royal to-do, by Mario Testino, December 2001


Naomi Campbell and Dolce by Patrick Demarchelier, December 2007


Marc Jacobs with Alfred

If you want to read more about Dogs in Vogue, buy: click link to buy Dogs In Vogue: A Century of Canine Chic

Adapted from: 100 Years of Dog in Vogue by Judith Hall, Telegraph