Elizabeth Moss in McQ Alexander McQueen

Posted on March 21, 2013

Elisabeth Moss attends the premiere of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 in Los Angeles, California in a McQ Alexander McQueen dress paired with a Charlotte Olympia clutch and Sergio Rossi pumps.

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch with Spider Clasp

Sergio Rossi Mesh Bow Pump



[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, sergiorossi.com]

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  • OrigamiRose

    The shoes and dress belong on me 🙂

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Bottom up:
    I wore almost exactly those shoes to prom in ’89
    She split her dress????
    The hip folderol for secret hams WTFery
    Dirty pillows!
    Post step class hair.

    • Carly Warnock

      But the clutch within a clutch (I think that’s what she did) is kind of redeeming and adorable though! The back of the dress is super hiddy. And I had a similar pair of shoes too! Ah memories.

  • MintaHallWriter

    Does it look to anyone else as if the dress is too small by about 12 sizes because that back zipper doesn’t come close to zipping up? She’s NOT oversized by any stretch of the imagination, but the back view of that dress makes it look like she’s squeezed into a way-too-small dress.

    Or is that just me?

    • It’s the front that makes it look too small to me…

    • OMG RIGHT? It’s supposed to zip closed, isn’t it?! why would she wear this?!

    • Susan Collier

      Not just you. I do like her clutch though.

      • I would love it better if she didn’t stick a clutch inside the clutch and we could see her lipstick, chewing gum, and emergency tampon.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      exactly what i thought…why does she have the back of her dress unzipped??, i will take her clutch however..

    • formerlyAnon

      I am assuming it is supposed to be semi-zipped? Like that’s some ironic or kinda-deconstructed touch? (I freely admit my mind is too pedestrian for the farther reaches of Fashion).

    • MK03

      If it’s supposed to look like that, then that’s ridiculous. If it’s not supposed to look like that, then she needs to fire her stylist.

    • NC_Meg

      I wonder if it’s supposed to be like that because it is so obviously unzipped. Usually when something won’t zip, there is an attempt to hide that fact. And yea, if it’s supposed to be like that, it’s dumb. She looks uncomfortable in the first few pics and I really can’t blame her.

      • luciaphile

        If we’re all wondering if it’s supposed to look like that, it’s a moot point.

        • NC_Meg

          Very true.

      • barbarienne

        She always looks uncomfortable to me, no matter what she wears. I think she carries all her stress in her shoulders, because she always looks as if she’s trying to hide behind them, even when (as here), she has a big smile and her eyes look so happy and bright.

    • conniemd

      Like others I assume the dress was supposed to be half zipped, because clearly the space is so big, it would never be zippable. But to me it just stupid, since the first impression is that the dress was too tight to be zipped up and why would anyone want to leave a first impression of a dress that is too tight for the wearer???

    • MilaXX

      It definitely looks too small. Hence the boob squishing, the too tight waist and the reason the back gap doesn’t lay flat.

    • Not just you. I thought the zipper had busted. What an awful back. The clutch, however, I must have.

    • Louise Bryan

      It’s me, too, fer shur. (Okay, for sure, my daughter is hassling me about my lapse into Val-Gal-speak.) I thought the dress seemed a little tight from the front, but then she flashes the back, and, Whoa!

    • ThaliaMenninger

      And it’s so too bad, because the front is cute on her. But what a terrible back o’ dress!

    • GinaGeo

      It’s this dress and it’s definitely supposed to zip all the way up. But thank you, Miss Moss, because now I can rock all my old prom dresses.


  • No. No. No. Noooooooo. No.

  • marilyn

    She looks horrible. Backless dress with low cut in front for boobs to hang out do not equal classy or attractive. The full ruffly skirt makes her look fat. She needs to fire whomever sold her on wearing this. It actually looks like a cocktail dress (minus the boobage) from the 60’s. It does not work for her.

  • her tragic hair …

  • beebee10

    TLo, I can only imagine how kind you are being by not tearing up this and our other beautiful but poor-dressing stars of MM. Seriously a train wreck on all counts accept for the stunning work of Ms Parris! What is going on with these ladies? I’m glad they look happy, at least.

  • Nicholas

    Don’t forget to check out her show Top of the Lake. It’s really good, and she’s great in it as well.

    • MilaXX

      I’m hoarding the eps and plan to marathon when it’s done.

      • Nicholas

        It’s a very slow burn without any cliffhangers for the first two episodes. I think it works quite well for the impatient lot of us, if you decide to succumb. 🙂

        • MilaXX

          Part of the reason I’m saving it is because my tv dance card is full. After sweeps when they go into repeats. I’ll watch in it’s entirety.

      • zenobar

        I love that I knew exactly what you meant by this. 🙂

    • Ozski

      She’s fantastic, as is Holly Hunter. It’s nice to see her range, the character is like a Kiwi Clarice Starling.

    • pookiesmom

      What station is this on? Any way to watch it online?

      • Nicholas

        It’s on the Sundance Channel, but it should be available on iTunes and Amazon as well, I believe.

  • I absolutely hate this.

  • VicD

    Breast pancakes – it’s what’s NOT for dinner! Oh, and, you split your dress. This is bad. Unfortunately.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s looking pretty, I like the clutch and her toned legs. But, this is a less-than-the-sum-of-its-parts red carpet appearance:

    I like the shape of the hair, but it seems arranged to look a tad too disheveled. Or is it unintentionally disheveled?

    At first glance it’s a nice dress, (allowing for the fact that I don’t have enough lust in my heart for women to want to see that much breast in an LBD.) But the more I look the more I wonder if perhaps the skirt is too wide. Or too fluffery over the hips.

    I like how the gold edging on the shoes sort-of repeats the zipper accent in the back (I assume that’s an intentional feature, probably ironic or something I’m too peasantly to appreciate), but really, the zipper isn’t remotely gold looking. And then I realize that I don’t really like the shoes. They’re a smidge too fussy for me. “Mesh bow platform pump” is too many adjectives before the word “pump.”

  • MilaXX

    Is she showing us the dress doesn’t fit?

  • msdamselfly

    I think she looks great all the way around

  • Adriana_Paula

    That dress is just stupid. If you’re going for a deliberately unconstructed look, at least make sure the “open zipper” doesn’t look all wavery and cheap and accidental. Make it look, I dunno, deliberate…

  • My 8 year old walked by as I was scrolling down. Her comments: That dress is weird. And who wears such match-y shoes?

    I’m teaching her well, obviously.

  • OMG that dress is so dang tight it couldn’t be zipped up in back!

  • Adelaidey

    Maybe if the back of the dress had been lined in gold, or red, or a pattern, I could accept the zip gap. As it is, yikes.

  • Imasewsure

    NO NO NO

  • If you look at the dress on the McQ website you can see it is CLEARLY meant to be zipped up. Meaning her stylist is on crack. If it was a magazine shoot and the back was unzipped, no problems. But this looks cray.

    • Which I totally don’t get. If someone sent over a dress and I put it on and couldn’t zip it up, I would go into my closet and pick out something, ANYTHING, and wear it instead. It’s not like this is the only item of clothing this girl owns. So can someone explain how/why this kind of stuff happens? Like if they “send over a dress” you are obliged to wear it, even if it is hideous/doesn’t fit/is horrifically unflattering to my figure/etc?

      ETA: I don’t actually occupy a reality where people “send over dresses.” Mine is a hypothetical situation, whereas Miss Lizzie’s here is real.

      • Unless you’re in some kind of paid up contract (I assume) then I don’t think you’d be obliged to wear a dress, especially if it CLEARLY DOESN’T FIT! Would she have worn it if it had a side zip rather than a back zip? It’s just crazy. (It looks great from the front though I think!)

  • Imasewsure

    And for once, Christina Hendricks was not the worst of the bunch! I didn’t hate JJ’s outfit as much as everyone else, but this one is the best of the bad for sure

  • judybrowni


    Other than that, I love Elizabeth Moss.

  • MissAmynae

    McQueen needs a skilled dress-wearer. I applaud the effort, but shoulda put this one back, Ms. Moss. Not my favorite McQ, there are so many better options she could have selected. Shoes are tacky.

  • snarkykitten

    oh gurl. 🙁

  • MzzPants

    The back confuses me.

  • libraangel

    WOW _ 100% improvement for her. Wait 80% Hair looks like was chewed off by mouse

  • stubbornthoughts

    It’s decent, but that back is unfortunate on her. It looks like she busted the zipper.

  • Anniebet

    Nope, just nope.

  • PrunellaV

    She looks as if she’s competing with Heidi Klum in the man-snagging department.

  • nannypoo

    She should unzip it all the way, step out of it, and change into something that fits and doesn’t make her look tubby.

  • Oh honey. You a mess.

  • CarolinLA

    Oooh, OUT.

  • Airkisses

    Can we officially invent Turnaround Fug? Because I was not hating this look until I saw the back. Likewise, I was kind of digging January Jones’ dress until I saw that awful, awful figure skating train.

  • jetpackdino

    The clutch is fun, the dress is bad, and the shoes are gross.

  • LaSylphide

    Lampshade with boobs.

  • Love her, the clutch and her makeup. Everything else… no.

  • Lesley

    yuck. hate everything about this and the back of the dress looks as if it was too tight and she couldn’t pull the zipper all the way up. although..not gonna lie, i’m loving that clutch!

  • plinkiedoodle

    No, just no. Girl, this is not your dress. Give it to Christina Hendricks.

  • zenobar

    Look…I…almost…*gasp, sputter*…fit…into…this…size…*wheeze, grunt*…000…McQueen!! *passes out*

  • agreee minta wtf to the out up in hurr

  • In_Stitches

    People hatin’ on this? I love it. I mean, sure…the backs a mess. Why outline a back cut out with zippers so that it looks like the dress just doesn’t fit? But the boobs? The skirt length and fullness? Both suit her well. Hell, with her I’d settle for anything outside her go-to neutral bandage dress. Hair and makeup are doing their jobs. It’s an IN for me.

    • Agree. I like the silhouette on her; it’s a party dress, wheeee! Hair and makeup need some help tho’.

  • roverrun

    well, I guess we can all now wear clothes that no longer zip up our backs. The dresses in the back of my closet are suprised, but happy about this trend.

    • Qitkat

      I am giddy with anticipation at all the clothes I can still wear that were about to go to the thrift store.

  • Trisha26

    Love her, but oh dear. The dress shape is not flattering, it looks like she actually popped the back zipper, and then there’s the cleavage situation. The shoes look cheap. Her makeup is underdone by a mile. Still love her.

  • dschubba

    This reminds me of trying to force myself into too-small sample bridesmaid gowns as a favor to a friend.

  • ralish

    This whole thing says “Trying too hard.” Sad, I love me some Peggy.

  • Sweetpea176

    No, I don’t think it “looks like” it’s only half zipped up. It IS only half zipped up. Batshit insane. Is this some kind of cry for help?

  • I believe this is the definitive photo of “a hot mess”. Girl, go home and start all over. Begin with a bra.

  • E. D.

    Hip ruffles?? The top looks great, the skirt needs to go back to the 80s.

  • StrandedFashionista

    The dress is actually kind of cute from the front, with the flouncy skirt and the flattering neckline, but everything else just kind of falls apart. The clear clutch really annoys me though. It’s completely pointless.

  • H2olovngrl

    Not. Her. Dress.

  • korilian

    Jesus, I take more care styling my hair for a trip to the grocery store!

  • I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is pretty cute. Maybe its just because shes not wearing her tap dancing shorts for once. I hate the situation with the zipper. I don’t think it’s supposed to look like it burst.

  • Why would you want to look like you couldn’t fit in your dress. Yes, you have a back, it’s lovely, but find a dress that fits for god’s sake. Looking like you burst out of your outfit is not sexy. Such a shame.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Two words. Wardrobe malfunction. The dress is NOT supposed to be open like that (check the McQ site for a similar camo print dress, it’s fully zipped up). It’s like her stylist said, oh we’ll just clasp it at the neck and no one will notice don’t worry! GIRL! We alllllll noticed.

  • This is not my favorite look for her but I like how the darker hair makes her face look brighter. Speaking of bright, the Sundance series, the Top of the Lake, starring Elizabeth is really great, must-see television.

  • Guest

    Did she stick another smaller clutch inside that transparent clutch?! That RUINS THE CLUTCH. Oh my god. No one cares, just stick your phone and your goddamn lipstick in there. Don’t pretend you need anything else, have your publicist hold all that shit.

    I’m not even with the gaping back. You all beat me to it, I have nothing to add but silent horror. Wait, I lied: if you have a massive wardrobe malfunction DON’T LET THEM PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BACK. Keep your backside glued to the fucking backdrop, girl, then get the fuck out.

  • ToniMacAttack

    Did she stick another smaller clutch inside that transparent clutch?! That RUINS THE CLUTCH. Oh my god. No one cares, just stick your phone and your goddamn lipstick in there. Don’t pretend you need anything else, have your publicist hold all that shit.

    I’m not even with the gaping back. You all beat me to it, I have nothing to add but silent horror. Wait, I lied: if you have a massive wardrobe malfunction DON’T LET THEM PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BACK. Keep your backside glued to the fucking backdrop, girl, then get the fuck out.

  • Terrible, just terrible.
    Did a five-year old cut her hair?
    I think the zipper is supposed to close…

  • lobsterlen

    What woman would want to look you busted out of the zipper on your dress?

    Are you sure those Sergio Rossi shoes and not Pleaser Shoes available on Amazon and modeled by strippers at the local gentlemen’ club?

    She has fantastic calves. At least she managed to show them off.

  • I think she looks fresh and cute. Maybe because I’m used to seeing her look so prim and proper on the show. Don’t love the back of the dress, but she’s wearing it well. Also, nice calves!

  • poggi

    They should reboot the incredible hulk with a female lead. This is so Dr. Davina Banner’s dress.

  • librarygrrl64

    Is that the zipper or piping? Until she turned around, I liked everything about this but the shoes.

  • mmc2315

    Oh. She doesn’t use a stylist, does she? I want to change everything. She’s cute, but I don’t think this a good look for her.

  • tereliz

    Looks too tight from the front and… Oh, well, too tight in the back as well. Yikes. Cute bag though.

  • I do not get the clear clutch concept.

  • DominoEstella

    um NO.. NO NO NO NO!

  • Mazenderan

    Her makeup is nice and fresh. The dress looks uncomfortable, though – and I hate the back detail. The shoes look too stripper-y.

  • “Your shoes are ugly and they don’t fit.” That’s like an elementary-school-playground level of insult, but sadly, applicable here.

  • andreawey

    that’s not your dress!

  • MandyM

    Is it too much to ask for her to fix her hair and find an dress newer than this ill-fitting one from 1990? Those shoes look like they’ve seen better days too.

  • ems323

    Hey, it’s Elisabeth with an S!