Its funny that this topic should come up as I seem to have a sort of fetish for black ballgowns. If a lady is wearing one I will tend to watch her much more often than the other ladies even if she is not the best dancer on the floor. The black gowns didn't seem to hamper anyone's results on saturday night, as the couples who had ladies in black gowns placed first and second, if I remember the results correctly. My above fetish not withsatnding, I find that the costuming is a low prority in who I tend to watch and is a minor determinant in the couples placings. I'm sure everyone can recall some hideous outfits (just about anything with feathers) on championship dancers in every style.