Grace Kelly and kitten, on the movie set of To Catch a Thief, 1954. Photograph by Robert Vose for Look magazine.

Grace Kelly and kitten, on the movie set of To Catch a Thief, 1954. Photograph by Robert Vose for Look magazine.

Cats. They're everywhere. On YouTube, on Twitter, on teeshirts. Karl Lagerfeld based an entire Chanel collection on the colour of his cat Choupette's cornflower blue eyes, while queen of the internet moggies Grumpy Cat is about to star in her very own TV movie. Cat-loving celebrities include Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Taylor Swift, whose pet mog Olivia Benson recently made her TV debut alongside Taylor in a new ad campaign for Diet Coke (if you're a cat lover then definitely check that one out.)

But the great cat obsession didn't just begin online. A new book - Cat Lady Chic - features celebrity cat lovers from the 20th Century. Here are some of our favourite shots from the book.

If you're really more of a dog person then best look away now...

Brigitte Bardot, 1956

The former actress, singer and model is also a staunch animal rights activist and cat lover. Here she is with a spotty group of mogs in 1956.

Audrey Hepburn, 1961

"If I could find a real life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then — then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!” says Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Here she is complete with LBD, cocktail and that famous ginger cat. The cat's real name was Orangey and he was a two-time winner of the Patsy Award, the feline equivalent of an Oscar...

Wilhemina Cooper, 1962

We love those sporty stripes on the Sixties Dutch model Wilhemina Cooper's look here (very Prada ss14) perfectly accessorized with her chic all-black mog.

Grace Kelly, 1955

This shot of Kelly with a (teeny!) kitten was taken on the set of To Catch A Thief. It was her last Alfred Hitchcock movie before she was whisked off to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. She didn't take the kitten with her, though before the wedding to Rainier her To Catch a Thief co-star Carey Grant gave her a little black poodle called Oliver as an engagement present.

Twiggy, 1968

Look at that fluffy little guy. Very James Bond villain. An ancestor of Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette do we think?

“Twiggy Geisha,” from Mlle Âge Tendre magazine, 1968. © TopFoto/The Image Works

See more pictures of famous cat ladies in Cat Lady Chic by Diane Lovejoy, published by Abrams Image, £11.99

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