Race wear is a tradition almost as old as horse racing itself. More than 150 years ago Fashions on the Field took playing dress ups to an entirely new level which changed both women’s and now men’s perspective on a day at the races. The words Fashion and Field were first paired together in the Australian Women’s weekly with a headlining story titled “In the Fashion Field for Flemington”. The article featured the fierce fashion that was on display at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and the launch of the iconic “fashion on the fields” (known in South Australia as Fashion At The Races) to showcase the bold and vibrant outfits.
As fashion evolved through time, race wear saw its own changes, with bonnets turning into fascinators, raising hem lines and hats and gloves and stockings no longer being considered a necessity. However so much of race wear traditions have stood its test of time, with women today looking as if they have stepped out of the 1950s, yet still belonging in the most current trends. But it’s not just about the women’s fashion anymore. Men are indulging in their passion for fashion more than ever now and showcasing their unique tailored looks and trends.
The stakes have grown even higher with todays Fashion on the Fields, and our Fashion At The Races is no different. Melding the old and new, the judging criteria respects the traditions of the past while still commending dressing to current trends. For everyone around the state entering this year, this is what the judges will be looking for at each event, so be sure to take note.
And remember when deciding on your next look for the races, “Fashion is about something that comes from within you” (Ralph Lauren).
Appropriateness of the outfit for the particular event and conditions
- Entrants should dress with the weather in mind ie. if it’s a Winter Cup, they should dress in appropriate clothing, not in a summer dress
- A dirt track and surrounds should also be considered, as footwear should be tailored to the conditions
- Entrants should not be dressed as if they are going to a nightclub – appropriate daywear is essential
Originality and confidence
- The entrant’s personality and willingness to think outside the square should be obvious in their outfit
- They should look confident and happy in their outfit and wear something that makes them stand out in a positive manner
Attention to detail with accessories
- Ladies appropriate headwear is essential
- Men’s accessories should be considered (but not essential)
- The overall picture must be considered in the judging – bag, shoes, jewellery and headwear
- The entire outfit must be complementary and fit together
Appreciation of current fashion trends
- Entrants must show that they’re aware of current trends and interpret these trends in their own way
- Elements of their outfit should reflect current trends without losing the entrant’s personal flair
Grooming and deportment
- Entrants will be judged according to not only their outfit, but also the way they carry themselves on stage
- Hair, makeup and behaviour on stage will also be considered by the judges
Most of all, remember that while there is a judging criteria, the competition is as much about being yourself, and letting your personality shine through in your look. There are 25 chances to qualify for the state final so check out our event calendar for all of the dates!
P.s Don’t forget! There is nothing like a day at the races.