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Seeing Fashion Cats, the new book by Takako Iwasa got us wondering—who is this woman and what's up with her cats' amazing outfits? Turns out Iwasa is rather well-known among the cat-munity in Tokyo for her spectacular kitty tailoring—some pieces of which can be bought from her site petoffice.co.jp.
But how does she get her own cats, Prin and Koutaro to put up with her fashion aspirations for them? After all, felines are notoriously fickle, especially on sartorial issues.
"First, dress her up," instructs Iwasa-san, as she is known in Japan, to her website visitors. "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!'Prin, for the most part, seems used to it. "'Costumes for dogs have been popular for 20 years,' Iwasa told Global Post. 'But we didn't have costumes for cats because we believed cats groom themselves and don't like to wear clothes. But, I met my cat, Prin, and suddenly thought, ' I want to dress her up!''
These days, Prin and Koutara are fashion chameleons—they dress like businesspeople, frogs, other cats, bunnies, Hogwarts students, Victorian school marms, Parisian ladies, you name it. "Without costumes, Prin is just an ordinary cat. But if she wears costumes, she becomes an alien from another planet," Iwasa says. Purr-fect.
· Cat fancy: American Girl meets Hello, Kitty [Global Post]
· The tailor of a cat, Cat Prin [Pet Office]
· Haute Cature: Fashion Cats by Takako Iwasa available for preorder [Racked]