How do I recreate Lily Cole's red carpet style?

Q. My sister is getting married in December and I am going to be one of the bridesmaids. I’m sure you receive LOADS of emails and queries about the Pippa Middleton dress; however, my query is a little different.

I would like that style dress but in the black version that Lily Cole wore to the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere in London. Preferably we want to buy in Ireland - but would look at delivery in the UK also. I hope you can help as we can only seem to find the black version available in the US.

Thanks so much, Margaret.

A. You’re right, Lily Cole looks just incredible in the floor length Alexander McQueen dress, she wore to the Snow White premiere but – it is incredibly hard to find something similar. The closest I can find is this figure hugging number from Monsoon, which echoes the 30’s style cut of the McQueen dress but it is in lace, rather than the original silk fabric. Asos have a long sleeve silk version and, if you were willing to get it altered, you may be able to capture the mood of the original dress.

Veronica dress, Monsoon, €335

ASOS Maxi Dress with Lace Inserts €95

If neither of these options appeals to you, there are many talented designers throughout the country who could create an original dress, similar to the McQueen version. Claire O Connor and Jennifer Rothwell, at Project 51, South William Street, are both talented designers who can create gorgeous gowns, tailor made to your particular requirements.

As you are happy to buy on-line, do take a look at www.jovani.com – a fantastic site for eveningwear and bridal gowns. I just looked and they have a beautiful selection of floor length black evening dresses, very similar to the McQueen creation. Good luck!

Lily Cole in Alexander McQueen