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Official Marilyn Monroe Dog Dresses (review 2 of 3)

When it came to panache, when it came to pure looks and sex appeal, few women had as much going for them as Marilyn Monroe. Even now, more than 40 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognized icons in North America. (Except for Merry. Going to be more famous. One day. You watch.)

And now your princess can get a little bit of her very own Marilyn glam with a series of dog dresses - evening gowns, actually - designed by The Pink Hotdog, and modeled after dresses the famous blonde herself wore both in public and in film. Yes, that's right folks - officially licensed Marilyn Monroe clothing for pets. Read our feature article from last month to learn more about the history of the collection.

What's more, the crazy, generous folks at The Pink Hotdog sent along not one, not two, but the entire six-dress collection to be modeled and reviewed by our own famous princess pug, Merry.

The collection is just too large and detailed to review in one sitting, so we'll be reviewing two gowns a month for the next three months. (See last month's review.)

This month's gowns: Dogs Prefer Blondes (inspired by the gold dress worn by Marilyn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and the 7 Year Dog Dress (based on the famous dress from The Seven Year Itch where Marilyn stands over the subway grate).

The Dogs Prefer Blondes dress is a stunning design, slightly off the shoulder with a double-gathered waistband and a plunging "neckline" (which goes down the dog's back). Made from silky, shimmering gold lamé fabric, it's a dress that kind of drifts over the wearer and is very light.

The dress secures over the chest with velcro and its double-gathered waistband actually fits with two different velcro wraps under the belly, creating a "gathered belt" look. The entire dress is double-layered, including the skirt - it's finished inside and out with gold lame, which gives it a very full, evening-gown style.

Of all the dresses we tried, this was the hardest dress for an active dog - if your dog squirms around a lot, you may wish to try a different style in the collection. The combination of the off-the-shoulder straps and the plunging "neckline" meant that, on an active dog, it was possible to have the straps slipping down too far over their shoulders. But if you have a true, Marilyn-worthy little princess who stands and poses and doesn't squirm like a pug, you'll be just fine. :)

The 7 year Dog Dress is hands down one of our favorites in the collection. Made from a light but not see through white pleated material, this is truly a beautiful dress. Like the Dogs Prefer Blondes dress, the entire bodice is double lined, finished on both sides with the elegant white pleated material (although with this dress, since the material has more weight and structure than the lamé, the skirt is not double lined).

The way this dress fastens is lovely. Long grosgrain ribbon is attached to both sides of the dress, allowing you to wrap it around your dog's waist twice before tying in a small, neat bow in the middle of their back. And yes, this took a little practice to do! But the effect was so breathtakingly lovely that it was completely worth the effort.

This dress flows wonderfully with the body and looks amazing standing, seated or laying down. The white of the fabric is a true, pure white color and the pleating just seems to give it more depth. the grosgrain ribbon is a final touch that just makes this dress scream elegance.

(We intend for Merry to wear this dress a lot!)

Both dresses, as with all pieces in the collection, come in their own official heavy weight frosted "Marilyn Monroe" garment bag with hanger. Given the quality of these dresses, you'll be glad to have a safe place to keep them when they're not being worn. These are truly amazing gowns, ones you can "pass on" from one generation of doggies in your home to the next.

We really aren't being paid to goosh about these dresses, but we truly haven't seen anything like these before - not in terms of uniqueness of design, not in terms of attention to detail, and not in terms of quality. The entire Marilyn Monroe collection sets the bar just that much higher for other dog dressmakers in this industry - by showing us all how it should be done.

Marilyn would be proud.

You can find out more about The Pink Hotdog from their web site at www.thepinkhotdog.com.

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