Stunning Vintage Photos of Fashionable Women and Their Dogs

The No. 1 rule of dog-show handlers, as the New York Times reports, is don’t outshine the dog. In fact, the longtime editor of AKC Gazette Babs Vierhaus, was quoted in 1960 advising handlers, “Dress mostly for your dog” (see more on this in the "Once Upon a Dog" column in the recent issue of AKC Family Dog).

A recent discovery in the AKC archives is this fabulous collection of photos showing fashionably dressed women and their show dogs and demonstrating how these professionals found the perfect balance between elegance and showmanship.


See some of our favorites below, with captions when available:

Gene Washnik vintage women fashion
Year unknown. Credit: Gene Washnik



 

AKC Archives fashionable vintage women and dogs
"Dress mostly for your dog: Be an advantageous background
for it in color, style, and tone." —Babs Vierhaus
Credit: AKC Archives



 

Tony lorio fashionable vintage women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Tony Iorio



 

AKC Archives
Baron and Lady Wolfschmidt, who acted as living trademarks
for Wolfschmidt Vodka, are escorted by a model at the
Everfast Fabrics Grace Line Fashion Show. Year unknown.
Credit: AKC Archives



 

Brooklyn Kennel Club fashionable vintage women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Brooklyn Kennel Club



 

AKC Archives vintage fashionable women and dogs
December 1943. Credit: AKC Archives



 

Gene Washnik
Year unknown. Credit: Gene Washnik



 

Gene Washnik fashionable vintage women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Gene Washnik



 

Water Herstatt vintage fashionable women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Water Herstatt



 

Tony Lorio vintage fashionable women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Tony Iorio



 

Gene Washnik vintage fashionable women and dogs
Year unknown. Credit: Gene Washnik



 

Free Lance Photographers Guild vintage fashionable women and dogs
January 1944. Credit: Free Lance Photographers Guild



 

Gene Washnik vintage fashionable women and dogs
Year unknown.Credit: Gene Washnik.




 

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