Now for something completely different … I’m not sure how I feel about this - a book featuring photos of white cats dressed up in costumes ! - but the images are awfully sweet looking and creative. “Fashion Cats” consists of the creations of Japanese “cat tailor” Takako Iwasa.
In an interview last year in the Global Post, the designer, known as Iwasa-San, advised on how to implement the clothing: “First, dress her [your cat] up. Cheer or yell. Do whatever you like to enjoy the moment with your family.
Second, after you are enough with your joy, take a photo!
And third, remove her clothes and give her a hug, say ‘Thank you!’”
I am actually not advocating this although Iwasa-San comes across as a very genuine, cat-loving person. The article clarifies that “While Cat Prin enjoys a status as popular sensation in Japan, you don’t see many costumed cats paraded in the streets of Tokyo.” Thankfully!
One idea that I have that I’d like to set up with my book (when it is ultimately done!) is that some money would go towards animal rescue, adoption and advocacy. It’d be great if “Fashion Cats” did that as well. Perhaps the author will when the book comes out April 19th.
If you don’t have a cat, or have only one (I believe everyone should have at least two!), maybe this will be your incentive to adopt one!
In New York City, with its high kill shelter system, 13,000 animals were killed last year. People drop them off there for a myriad of reasons; it’s uncertain if they realize the likely sad fate that is in store. If you are in NYC, to save an animal’s life, visit the ACC or learn of animals on “Death Row” via Facebook. Outside NYC, please visit your local shelter and let’s all advocate for a No-Kill system. These animals would be happy to have a great, new home — even if that meant being dressed up in a costume once in awhile!
As I was writing this, Bella, my gorgeous calico cat, insisted on sitting on the computer. I picked her up and looked deep in her eyes and said “Stop! Or I’m going to dress you up in a costume.”
She’s now keeping her distance.
** Additional photos at Power House books.