The high fashion world has headed to the racetrack.
Emma Sandham-King, an apprentice of the late designer Alexander McQueen, has designed what she is calling the first tweed suit for a horse. She told CNN that it was “one of the biggest challenges that I have faced in my career as a designer.”
Veteran racehorse Morestead is now being referred to as the “tweed steed” after he was photographed modeling a three-piece Harris Tweed suit, complete with flat cap. Tweed is the preferred material for British racing spectators to wear, so it was the ideal choice for the horse’s suit.
The suit took a month to create and used enough material to make suits for 10 people.
The unusual equine fashion creation was commissioned by bookmakers William Hill for this week’s Cheltenham Festival. A spokesman said that “Morestead is a bit like Naomi Campbell.”
There was no word on whether this was a one-time design or will become a trend in stables across the world, though it doesn’t take a fashion expert to conclude that most horses would likely say “neigh” to the idea of wearing a fitted suit of any kind.