Makes a change from the CATwalk! Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson and milliner Philip Treacy turn their hands to designing for DOGS in aid of a charity ball

They might be used to designing for the catwalk, but these designers tried their hands at creating canine couture in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 

Fashion heavyweights Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson and Lulu Guinness are among those who have crafted one-of-a-kind dog coats and collars ahead of the charity's annual Collars & Coats gala ball.

The bespoke pet accessories will be auctioned off to raise vital funds for the charity.

Other names in the mix include royal favourite Jenny Packham and milliner Philip Treacy, whose exquisite designs were recently seen on the Duchess of Susex.

Noah the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier looks fabulous in a Matthew Williamson coat. It is among the bespoke pieces from leading designers that will go under the hammer to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Designers turned their attention to the homeless hounds by creating bespoke dog coats, collars and leads that will be auctioned off to raise vital funds for the charity. Pictured, Marjorie the six-year-old British Bulldog staying snug in a classic Trevor Pickett coat

To get them geared up for their runway debut, a handful of Battersea's residents were given a taste of the supermodel life with a visit to the studio of celebrity photographer Rankin and stepped into the spotlight for individual portraits.

Noah the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, looks fabulous in a Matthew Williamson coat, while Gemma the five-year-old Bichon Frise rocks an original Vivienne Westwood design.

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Warren the six-year-old Lurcher looks warm and wonderful in Jeff Bank and Junior the five-year-old Greyhound, keeping it classy in a bespoke Philip Treacy collar. 

Other names who have lent their hand to the four-legged fashion line include Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Ben De Lisi, Jeremy Hackett, Julien MacDonald, Bruce Oldfield, Trevor Pickett, Richard Quinn, Christopher Raeburn, Zandra Rhodes and Swarovski. 

Warren the six-year-old Lurcher looking warm and wonderful in Jeff Bank. The traditional style coat is part of the collection that will be seen on the catwalk

Gemma the five-year-old Bichon Frise rocking an original Vivienne Westwood coat which fashion fans will be able to get their hands on if they enter a bid 

The pieces will also be auctioned online and all money raised will go towards the charity's work helping over 7,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats each year.

Claire Horton, Battersea Chief Executive, said: 'This really is the most wonderful and unique fashion fundraiser and we're incredibly excited and honoured to have so many world-renowned designers supporting Battersea and creating a fabulous array of covetable dog coats, collars, and leads to be auctioned off for our charity.' 

The dog walk will be a highlight of the Collars & Coats Gala Ball, supported by headline sponsor Vets4Pets, a charity fundraiser that marks its 10th anniversary this year. 

Junior the five-year-old Greyhound, keeping it classy in a bespoke Philip Treacy collar. The milliner is used to designing for the likes of the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex

Claire Horton adds: 'It costs more than £21 million annually to ensure Battersea can keep helping dogs and cats in need and, with no government funding, our Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about increasing awareness of the important work the charity does 365 days per year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals.'

The unique and functional creations will be modelled by Battersea dogs at the charity's Collars & Coats Gala Ball on November 1. 

For more information please visit www.collarsandcoats.org.uk

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