Cornish Dalmatians put men's fashion in the spotlight in London
A litter of five adorable Dalmatian pups from Cornwall have played a starring role in the show of a rising star of the British fashion scene.
Menswear designer Joe Turvey said he was inspired to go spotty this season by the villainess of 101 Dalmatians fame, Cruella de Vil.
He was persuaded to use puppies in his installation as part of Men's Fashion Week in London by the attentions of cute puppy Wilsilva Full Moon Mystery, or Betsy, who had playfully nibbled a cashmere top he was wearing.
Breeder Ruth Wilson, of Wilsilva Dalmatians in Pensilva, said she initially feared the puppies would run amok.
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"When I was originally asked by Joseph Turvey if I would allow the pups to be used in the launch of his 2013 autumn collection at Men's Fashion Week in London, I was thrilled but also sure it was a joke and that he would soon realise his mistake," she said.
"The potential for mayhem with five ten-week old puppies at such a prestigious event was huge. But in fact, everything went really smoothly."
She added: "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us all and Joseph was just thrilled. We were glad to be part of his success."