Our obsession with cats has been well-documented here at Fashionista. But we also have love for the canines, which is why we were squealing with delight at Paper magazine’s adorable dog-inspired fashion story.
The premise is simple: Designer-clad (human) models pose with their backs turned, holding dopey-looking, sweet-faced pups– the clear stars of this spread. The result? Editorial gold. The dogs are, in fact so cute, that you completely forget their “owners” are rocking some of the most coveted Spring pieces. Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney– who? We’re too busy cooing over that roly-poly pug looking sheepishly into the distance, and that French bulldog smiling broadly as its owner cradles him close to her silken Prada coat.
We asked photographer Kelly Shur to give us the deets on the shoot, from the casting of the dogs, to their (clearly superior) modeling capabilities:
How did you find and cast these dogs for the shoot? About half of the dogs are friends’ dogs, dogs I know personally. The other half were either referred to me by friends or responded to an email I sent out looking for small to medium sized dogs for the shoot. I tried to get a good variety of breeds, colors, etc.
How did you keep them in control long enough to shoot them? I barely did. Some dogs were super easy and mellow. Others were not, and I only came away with a few decent frames of them, but all you need is one.
Were there any doggy messes on set? Did the designer duds come out of it slobbered on? One dog peed on my softbox.
How did the dogs feel having their big modeling debut? You’ll have to ask them!
Click through for the all the shots from the editorial.
**Photos by Kelly Shur Courtesy Paper**