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In 1968, Disney released the equestrian classic The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. While this is an excellent movie, I don’t recall Aspercel ever actually donning the title-clothing item. But now, just ahead of the Cheltenham Festival (the racing starts in the UK tomorrow), Harris Tweed has designed a three-piece suit specifically for a horse!
Champion jockey Sir Tony (AP) McCoy and veteran racer Morestead modeled the matching horse and human suits, topping their looks off with matching flat caps.
According to The Daily Mail, “The horse outfit was specially commissioned by bookmaker William Hill, which tasked former Alexander McQueen apprentice Emma Sandham-King with creating a stylish suit to celebrate the start of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. Ms Sandham-King and her team of seamstresses and tailors spent four weeks creating the suit, using more than 18 metres of genuine tweed shipped from the Isle of Harris.”
Tweed is unbelievably popular at the Cheltenham Festival. Hill also enlisted statistics expert Dr. Geoff Ellis, who determined that on average 200 miles and seven furlongs (321.5 km) of tweed are worn every year by spectators to the racing festival. That’s enough tweed to stretch one and a half times around every horse race track in Britain and Ireland, says Hill.
What was probably the best part of this project for designer Sandham-King? “Some models can be real divas,” she said, “but veteran racing horse Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with.”