But for once I capitulated and followed the dress-code, buying a dress by a Canadian designer which one of my American author friends informed me was called an Opera Coat.
Lots of the fabulous women who attended my course at the Watermill in Tuscany, kept asking to see a photo of said dress.
So here I am, striding across the ballroom while wearing it.
I'm currently deep into my latest book which features the gorgeous but very tricky Neapolitan, Ciro D'Angelo. And I'm at that stage where I could do with some inspiration.
So what have you all been up to - and have you ever enjoyed an "Oscar" moment?