FASHIONS ON THE FIELD
Glam Gal is taking you across the globe, to Australia’s prestigious Myers Fashions on the Field competition. The competition has been traveling all over the country for the past year, with stops in New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, as part of an annual national tour in search of the most glamorous and stylish women in Australia.
The winner of the Women’s Classic Racewear category will be chosen during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australia’s most famous horse race. Each year, on the first Tuesday in November, “the race that stops a nation,” takes place at the Flemington Racecourse, and fashion is definitely at the forefront.
In an effort to encourage more women to visit the racecourse, the first Fashions on the Field competition was held over 40 years ago. The competition continues to gain popularity each year and attracts a growing number of high-class entrants who sport a variety of extravagant fashions. Participants are judged based on the following criteria:
- Appropriateness of the outfit for the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the individual
- Attention to detail with accessories (i.e. ladies appropriate headwear is essential)
- Understanding and interpretation of the current fashion trends
- Grooming and deportment
- Suitability of the outfit for the climate
But the competition isn’t only for the ladies. There is also a one-day Men’s Racewear category competition, held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, where hundreds of impeccably dressed male racegoers compete for the title. Additional categories also include Design and Millinery awards.
It seems the real attraction for racegoers are the fashions, not the horses. Take a peek at these amazing looks from the competition thus far: