Style on Trial: Matthew Williamson corset ruffle hem dress

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  "Make like Madonna circa 1980…" says Net-a-Porter of this Matthew Williamson dress. And that's about as far as we got before deciding we had to put it up On Trial. And don't get us wrong: we loved Madonna in the 80s. It's just that we don't want to look like Madonna-in-the-80s now. (Actually, we don't really want to look like Madonna now, now, either, but that's a whole other issue, and we're pretty sure she wouldn't want to look like us either. But anyway.)

The real reason this dress is On Trial is that we've seen a few variations of this hugely be-ruffled hem recently, on our travels around the Internet, and we're curious to know what you all think of it. For ourselves, the combination of print, corset and hem is just too much, and obviously the same can be said of the £1,495 price. Is it so OTT that it's guilty of crimes of fashion, though, or would you like to acquit this suspect, and maybe even take it home with you?

14 Comments

  • April 7, 2009

    gokarm

    I would never buy anything like it for myself because really, where’s the occasion suited in everyday life? But there are steps he might have taken to make me not hate it, like abandoning the tie-die pattern. As it is…blech.

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  • April 7, 2009

    Arielle

    I’ll second the blech, but not even a change of color would save this dress in my eyes. I think the ruffles would be pretty unflattering on most people.

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  • April 7, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    It makes me think of sea anemones and corals.

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  • April 7, 2009

    merges

    Think we might see this on Lady Gaga soon?

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  • April 7, 2009

    Theresa

    I think its absolutely awful.

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  • April 7, 2009

    Susan

    Nah… Not even Madonna would’ve wear this back in the past. Even she has a limit.

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  • April 7, 2009

    Celeste

    Except for the price tag it makes me think of a 1980s themed Halloween costume.

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  • April 7, 2009

    Sarah

    It looks very odd in this picture, but I saw it in a magazine and thought it looks really good on a person… albeit a very skinny person.

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  • April 8, 2009

    Amelia

    Um, what were you thinking? Style on TRIAL? Are you crazy?! Lock it up and throw away the key!

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  • April 8, 2009

    Taylor

    Oh um… a peacock after a long weekend of partying, looking worse for wear and hungover as it drags itself out of the gutter on a sunday morning!

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  • April 8, 2009

    fran

    Is that velvet I spy?? Yuck yuck yuck

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  • April 8, 2009

    Anna

    Is this seriously on TRIAL?

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  • April 9, 2009

    Olya

    Awwww I absolutely LOVE this dress!! I’m 20, quite tall and skinny and can picture it looking great on me. Would wear it to a club any day *inlove*!

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  • June 10, 2009

    LaToya826

    I would def wear this JUS BECAUSE everyone else said they wouldnt. I absolutely LUV this dress!!!!

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