This historic New York hotel has been holding an annual cat fashion show for the last decade, and the photos are fantastic


The Algonquin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has a thing for cats.

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The famous New York City hotel has housed a cat in residence since the 1930s. The cats have always been named either Hamlet or Matilda.

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Twelve cats have held this role since the ’30s, including eight males named Hamlet and three females named Matilda, according to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

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The hotel’s current cat host is Hamlet VIII, who has lived in the hotel since September 2017, when Matilda III retired.

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Every cat in residence at the Algonquin Hotel has been a rescue cat. Hamlet VIII was a stray living in a feral cat colony, and the Algonquin adopted him from a shelter in Long Island.

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This year’s fashion show is, at its core, for Hamlet VIII. Each year, the hotel hosts the event in order to celebrate the current cat in residence.

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At the same time, the show serves as an adoption event. The adoption takes place before and during the fashion show, and benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

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The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a nonprofit organization that works with over 150 shelters and rescue groups to house homeless animals in New York City.

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The theme for the fashion show changes every year. Some past themes have been civil servants and the “purring ’20s,” according to New York Daily News and Vanity Fair.

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Max’s outfit was complete with bowler hat and double-breasted tuxedo for the 2018 ’20s-themed fashion show.

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Aine was also in the 2018 show, and she was dressed as a flapper.

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Another 2018 star, Aodhan, wore a fedora for the show.

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Max had a similar look just a decade earlier in the 2008 show.

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The shows have even have judges who refer to the cats as “meowdels.”

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This years theme was “It’s a Small World.” The cats were dressed on theme with various cultures around the world, thanks to animal fashion designer Ada Nieves, who designed all the cat’s outfits.

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Cannoli’s look was inspired by German lederhosen …

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… which was complete with this sparkly clock hat.

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Thunder Folds represented the UK in this punk-inspired look.

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Balboo is clearly representing the United States, based on this star-spangled look.

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Balboo hung out backstage before the show and had his picture taken.

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Figaro also wore a patriotic American look in this red, white, and blue dress.

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Her dress was inspired by the American flag.

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The two American cats walked together down the runway.

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Mrs. Parberry represented Spain at the fashion show.

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Her outfit was inspired by a flamenco dress.

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Her owner wore a matching hat on the runway.

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This cat, Meril, dressed as an ancient Egyptian for the runway.

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Backstage, Meril looked a little more comfortable.

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It looks like Sakie was also more relaxed backstage …

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… but the turban-wearing cat got to lay down on the runway too.

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Wasabi represented China on the runway, wearing what appears to be a changshan, a traditional robe or jacket often worn by men, along with a crown.

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Wasabi appeared to be a little sleepy backstage before the show.

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Opera singers performed at the fashion show as well.

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“We have ten cats and nine countries represented around the world. So of course we have the US and we have the UK and we go as far as Egypt,” event organizer Alice de Almeida told Reuters.

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She went on to say that “feline fashion” is unique.

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“Feline fashion is different. Everybody sees dogs in costumes and they’re used to seeing that. But very few people see cats in costumes,” Almeida said.

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