Proof of Fashion’s Love of Animals From the W Archives

Steven Meisel

In 2015, Simon Porte Jacquemus surprisingly solidified his burgeoning status on the scene when he stepped out onto the runway of his then most personal collection yet alongside a white horse—not only proving himself as a designer, but putting himself among the ranks of animal-loving fashion heavyweights like Marc Jacobs, whose pup Neville Jacobs has more than 200,000 Instagram followers of his own, not to mention his own book; and Raf Simons, who’s gotten emotional about creatures like his childhood marmot seemingly more times than we can count. It’s only natural, then, that the industry has increasingly been stepping away from its controversial ways and moving towards going fur-free—a step that, the past year alone, Gucci, Michael Kors, John Galliano, and Donatella Versace have all taken. In fact, a look back at W‘s archives shows that even before designers began reflecting it in their collections, that love has always been there, from that time Scarlett Johansson posed alongside Natalie Portman—and her chihuahua Maggie—for Steven Klein, to that time that Tilda Swinton didn’t let a little Dior and Louis Vuitton stop her from doing her civic duty with a plastic poop bag. Take a look back at those moments and more, here.


Tilda Swinton photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, September 2008.


Marc Jacobs and his dog Neville photographed by Steven Meisel for W Magazine, March 2014.


The designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and the model Hayett McCarthy photographed by Colin Dodgson for W Magazine, April 2016.


Scarlett Johansson (with her chihuahua Maggie) and Natalie Portman photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, 2008.


Photograph by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, September 2004.


Paris Hilton with her dogs inside her Beverly Hills mansion photographed by Mayan Toledano for W Magazine, 2017.


Jessica Joffe photographed by Alex Prager for W Magazine, November 2010.


Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2009.


London scene kid Feral Bojangles photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, September 2010.


Mylène Jampanoï, Audrey Marnay, Anaïs Demoustier, Oroma Elewa, Kanika Kapoor, Amber Le Bon, Margaret Qualley, Nathalie Dompé, Candice Lake, and Hanneli Mustaparta photographed by Alexander Benjamin Huseby for W Magazine, April 2012.


Chloë Sevigny photographed by Anthony Maule for W Magazine, January 2012.


Jennifer Lawrence photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, October 2012.


Hilary Swank photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, January 2008.


Linda Evangelista photographed by Maurizio Cattelan for W Magazine, February 2010.