New York's Algonquin Hotel plays host to a cat fashion show every year in honour of Matilda, a stray who made the fancy hotel her home in the 1920s.

The Algonquin has kept a cat on staff ever since - they are now up to their eighth Matilda, and are onto their third male cat, all of which have been called Hamlet. The staff cats enjoy a life of luxury while playing an ambassadorial and customer service role for the hotel.

Just part of the job, posing for FURiends #algonquincat #workhard #hotel #nyc #catsofinstagram

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This year's fashion show was uniform-themed with outfits inspired by the city's police and fire departments provided by animal fashion designer Ada Nieves. Proceeds from the show went to the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals.

Here are the ten best photos from Matilda's Annual Celebration Cat Fashion Show:

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- nzherald.co.nz