7 questions on fashion faux pas

Worst-dressed quiz

Dame Vivienne Westwood says people have "never looked so ugly" when it comes to clothes. Speaking at London Fashion Week, she blamed disposable fashion for making us look like clones. Does she have a point? You might think so after our worst-dressed quiz.

Vivienne Westwood and models

1.) Multiple Choice Question

"It's always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting." Said who?

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier
    Jean Paul Gaultier
  2. Quentin Crisp
    Quentin Crisp
  3. Boy George
    Boy George

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Fashion critic Richard Blackwell's annual Ten Worst Dressed Women list became a fashion institution. Which of these has had the dubious distinction of being the only person to top it three times?

Cher, Britney Spears, Duchess of Cornwall, Zsa Zsa Gabor
  1. Cher
  2. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  3. Britney Spears
  4. The Duchess of Cornwall


Richard Blackwell started his list in 1960 and continued releasing it every year until he died in 2008, aged 86. It became such an institution that many viewed the list as a status symbol, saying you hadn't really made it in Hollywood until you had made Mr Blackwell's list.

Richard Blackwell

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who did Mr Blackwell criticise for wearing "a pretentious fashion folly in a nightmare by Salvador Dali".

  1. Madonna's conical bra outfit worn on her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour
  2. Liz Hurley's safety-pin dress at Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere in 1994
    Liz Hurley with Hugh Grant
  3. Bjork and her swan dress at the 2001 Oscars

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Who were voted Britain's worst-dressed professionals in 2011?

  1. Teachers
    Grange Hill's Mr Bronson
  2. Postal workers
    Postal worker
  3. Kids' TV presenters
    Mr Tumble
  4. Fast-food workers
    Fast-food worker

5.) Multiple Choice Question

According to Vivienne Westwood, it is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of what?

Vivienne Westwood with male models in her designs
  1. Sex
  2. Mischief
  3. Femininity

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Who was named the world's worst-dressed man by GQ last month?

  1. Singer Chris Brown
    Chris Brown
  2. Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi
    Silvio Berlusconi
  3. Rapper Eminem
  4. Comedian Russell Brand
    Russell Brand

7.) Multiple Choice Question

He may have topped the list of most stylish men but what does Tinie Tempah consider his worst fashion faux pas?

Tinie Tempah
  1. Lycra cycling shorts
  2. Velour tracksuit
  3. Gold puffa jacket


  1. It was French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
  2. It's Spears, who topped the list in 2001, 2006, 2007. Gabor topped it in 1963 and 1964, while Cher came first in 1985 and 2000. The Duchess of Cornwall topped it in 1995 and came second in 2007.
  3. It's Bjork's swan dress. She also took six ostrich eggs to the ceremony and dropped them on the red carpet. Afterwards the singer said the dress was supposed to be amusing and wasn't serious.
  4. It was teachers, with kids' TV presenters coming second. Teachers topped the poll, commissioned by fashion retailer High and Mighty, for wearing "dirty shirts, threadbare trousers and scuffed shoes".
  5. It's femininity. The designer also said it was possible to do this through cut alone. "You can say everything you want to through tailoring,'' she told the Independent.
  6. Chris Brown was named the world's worst-dressed man in the style magazine's latest list, released last month. Rapper Tinie Tempah was named the UK's best-dressed man and actor Michael Fassbender the most stylish international man.
  7. It's a velour tracksuit, according to a recent interview in the Sun newspaper. "I did it, guys, I can't lie," he said.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Fashion victim

4 - 6 : Fashion clone

7 - 7 : Fashionista

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