Fashion After Bark – Designer Recap

Well, the show was fabulous – the designers, dogs, and students that organized it were all great. I always have fun leading up to the show because I get to figure out which dogs and outfits pair up best, but to see it all come together is always exciting.

I know the Press didn’t list which designers did which outfits, so let me be the one to tell you! I have to apologize, currently my photos consist of backstage photos only. I used a few runway photos from fellow FIT staff. I haven’t had a chance to go through all the video and ‘pup’arazzi photos yet…

I have to thank Diane (Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals) and Linda (Posh Pets Rescue, in the photo below) for bringing these two adorable adoptable dogs to the show!

Lisa Barnes with her fab collection of alpaca sweaters that are super soft:

Dawn Deisler with all her hand-worked leather and feathers:

Wanda Jaller with her trendy colored raincoats, which I think fit perfectly no matter the size:

Abby Kass with her super cute and functional raincoat, toy, and bandanna:

Lauren Kmiotek with her fancy lace wedding dress:

Jessica Linder with all her regal formality and feathers, very royal wedding:

Susan Linton with her fancy lace dress and smashing coats:

Irene Liu with the cutest everyday sport coats and bag, the trench is a fav:

Lindsey McGraw with her awesome line of interchangeable sportswear for larger dogs, genius:

Keith Sanna with his usual frivolity and fabulous-ness:

Royal Wedding Colors, Symbolism and Traditions


Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Interested in the color symbolism and tradition? There were many traditional colors that influence our contemporary lives as well preserving royal traditions.

White (the absence of color)– why did the maid of honor wear white (the absence of color)? Because in England it has been a tradition from the 1400’s that bridal parties mostly wear white, it is a symbol of purity. Duchess Catherine of Cambridge’s beautiful white dress was an extension of her sister’s dress, both by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Yellow/Gold – both the Queen of England wore yellow and the Anglican Bishops of London wore gold. Yellow is supposed to be the Queen’s favorite color (symbolizing strength) and the Bishops just had their wardrobes revamped in this gold color (symbolizing wealth).

Purple – The Queen of Spain in Royal Purple and her daughter-in-law in the analogous color, pink. The Queen’s shade of purple was one of the most difficult and expensive colors to naturally dye in medieval Europe and only the aristocracy could afford to purchase.

Red – Prince William was wearing a red coat that signifies his appointment as honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards in the British Army. Many of the female guests wore red (symbolizing love, passion).

Blue – Prince William’s royal blue sash represents his status as a Knight of the Garter. Prince Harry’s Navy jacket represents his place as captain in the Household Cavalry. Many guests wore Royal Blue at the wedding ceremony.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color



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