Last week I showed Élisabeth Alexandrine in a mad hat and a bizarre fabric dress and a robe. Many of you found the hat just wee bit weird, but the suggestion of the outfit as a masquerade costume for Nanny Ogg tilted the balance in its favour (and besides, it was rich and elegant and fashion forward), and the rating came in at exactly 8.5 out of 10.
This week’s Rate the Dress was chosen primarily because the mannequin and presentation are strong contenders for the creepiest costume photos ever. I’m not sure it quite beats the staging of the plunging Regency frock for dreadfulness, but I could equally see it as a Dr Who villain!
So yeah, no points for the mannequin. But what do you think of the riding habit with its gold trim and high standing collar? The gigot sleeves and back pleated skirt? Perfect sartorial elegance for a day with equines, or too stiff and formal?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.