This book is an absolute "must have" for anybody with even the remotest interest in the RN, fashion, history and social changes of the 18th/19th century. The fantastic pictures aside, "Dressed To Kill" provides a lot of interesting background information on the way fashion influenced society, how rank and status were expressed by means of clothing etc., and how wearing the right coat at the right time could make a career (and the wrong one break it).
Historic photographs and caricatures document how fashion's madness began to influence the uniforms (I got the impression that Midshipmen were especially prone to become fashion-victims...).
"Dressed to Kill" is a fascinating, well-written book; the pictures prove that clothing can be art; art created with needle and thread rather than with brush or quill. The author has done a wonderful job here and yes, I admit it, seeing all those dress coats and waistcoats and breeches and buttons I simply ignore the fact that the uniforms and those wearing them very likely smelled like "wet, rancid sheep", as a good friend of mine so eloquently put it.