In many ways he already has. Co-author of the three Sloane Ranger guides, which popularized the ultrasmart ways of Princess Diana and her pre-Palace chums, he has also served as host for a British TV series on style. "Showbiz haberdashery is a wonderful area of study," he declares. "Any sociologist worth his salt should devote years to it."
If not sociology, York and the rest of the PEOPLE panel are certainly well-versed in Hollywood manners and mores. We also recruited Matt Frewer, star of the CBS series Doctor, Doctor; actress-writer Arleen Sorkin, co-host of ABC's America's Funniest People; rising stand-up comedian Rita Rudner; Patrick Norris, costume designer for ABC's thirtysomething; and actress Linnea Quigley, star of the recently released Vice Academy 2.
"Judging was really a lot of fun," says Norris, adding that the process taught a valuable lesson: "It gave me some good insights into what not to do in fashion." Rudner found it "humbling.... Most of the people dressed better than I do," she says. "You could tell that the starlets in their short, tight dresses have never even been in the same room with cellulite."
But Quigley isn't worried about such comparisons—or, for that matter, her own qualifications. "I undress so much in movies," says she, "that I know a lot about what it takes to get dressed."