Canine couture in Newport, Rhode Island

On September 22, Rough Point in Newport, Rhode Island,  hosted its 3rd annual Doggy Fashion Show.

The show was used to highlight autumn fashions for humans and their canine companions.  Proceeds from the event supported the Newport Restoration Foundation’s  education programs and the Potter League for Animals.   Newport pet boutique Wag Nation sponsored the show.

Photo by Meghan Sepe for the Newport Restoration Foundation

Rough Point is one of the homes of Doris Duke, an heiress to a tobacco fortune, philanthropist and art collector.  Located on historic Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Ms Duke ensured that her home would be preserved and opened to the public after her death in 1993.   She founded the Newport Restoration Foundation to preserve not only hers but other mansions in Newport.

Ms Duke was a lover of animals, including dogs.  She had camels at Rough Point every summer and the damage to top edges of the mirrors in her conservatory is lasting evidence of the presence of the animals.  When I last toured Rough Point, the tour guide recalled an exchange between Ms Duke and a housekeeper.  The housekeeper complained about the damage Ms Duke’s dogs were causing to the furniture.  Ms Duke replied

‘They live here, you don’t.’

Mind kind of lady!

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