Don't call me Babe! Pocket-sized piglets steal the show on the catwalk at Toronto Fashion Week
17:22 GMT, 15 March 2012
We've seen lambs, poodles and even swarms of rats on the runway – but piglets are a first.
Models carried the little squealers as in a presentation for Korhani Home at Toronto Fashion Week.
Dressed in outfits that had been styled out of tartan, black, white and red rugs and carpets made by the Candian homewear label, the models also wore punk-inspired chains and enlarged safety pins.
Oink! The modelling of homewares isn't always very interesting, which might explain why Canadian company Korhani Home incorporated micro pet pigs in their show. Breeders sell the little critters for around $1000
Unsurprisingly, animal rights activists
may raise questions about the welfare of the little critters, which may
or may not come from entirely ethical sources – depending on your stance
on the breeding of animals to deliberately alter their size.
The micro pet pigs, which cost around $1,000, are bred in New
Zealand but come from suppliers in the U.S. who admit they are
'genetically tiny'. The firm also breeds the porkers to be stripy.
However, this is not the first time
that Korhani Home have used the publicity-spinning
ahh-factor of baby animals in their shows.
The label used fluffy rabbits in an Alice In Wonderland-inspired presentation in 2011. Elsewhere that season, it was the humble lamb that was the animal in vogue.
Wee, wee, wee: The Korhani Home models wore clothes that were fashioned out of the rugs and carpets made by the brand but it was the adorable tiny porcines who grabbed all the attention
Karolina Kurkova carried a fleecy
baby ovine down the catwalk for the spring Etam lingerie show, with herself
dressed as a sexy Little Bo Peep character.
brand, which is likened to a French Victoria's Secret by Stylite.com,
also incorporated candy-coloured dyed poodles in a show in 2012.
Giles Deacon cheated somewhat when Anna Dello Russo carried a toy plastic sheep as she modelled Emanuel Ungaro in 2010, but the sentiment is the same (and was probably more approved of by animal rights groups).
Model companion: Animals have frequently been used for their publicity-spinning benefits. Lingerie brand Etam have incorporated candy-coloured poodles and had Karolina Kurkova carry a lamb in their presentations
The photo opportunity-potential of using animals in live fashion presentations isn't always so adorable however.
Australian denim brand Ksubi sent swarms of hundreds of black rats down the catwalk in 2001.
The label's creative directors Dan Single and George Gorrow got into trouble in 2009 for the mistreatment of 40 white homing pigeons used in their Big in Japan show after guests let them escape their cages during the 'drunken revelry' of the post-presentation party, reported the Australian Daily Telegraph.