$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Fashions on the Field is a pinnacle event of Melbourne Cup week and the spring Racing Carnival with style and glamour often steering the news away from horses.

Men and women alike have been drawn to the race’s frivolities since the 19th century, each year upping the stakes and donning some of the year’s most unique and luxurious styles.

From Hollywood celebrities Paris and Nicky Hilton to Royals Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the event gives racegoers the opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars in their very best attire.

The Victorian Racing Club committee launched the first Fashions on the Field in 1962 in attempt to woo more women to the races during a time of dwindling crowd attendance.

The official Sydney Fashions on the Field started in 1983, despite being a component of the races for several years.

Since then, racegoers have became just as interested in the contest of fashions on the lawn as they are in watching the horses compete on the turf .

While fashions have come and gone over the years from controversial dresses hemmed five inches above the knees, to pant-suits teamed with wide-brimmed hats and feathers, the event continues to capture the imagination of the public.

Here is a glimpse at some of the most controversial and memorable outfits spotted at Fashions on the Field across Sydney and Melbourne.

1960: A day on the turf in the 60s was a defining time for Australian fashion, with the cut, fabric, colour and style of outfits strongly influenced by European and British trends. Among the fleet of woman sporting designer tailored suits, was Sydney socialite Betty Rose McInerney, who made a name for herself at the races, often spotted wearing wide brim hats, matching gloves and dazzling earings.

1965: Model Jean Shrimpton caused jaws to drop when she arrived at the races wearing a high-hemmed white mini dress with no stockings, hat or gloves. The miniskirt’s zenith was the first of a many challenging race-wear trends, with pant suits and looser frocks soon to make headlines. Shrimpton’s Melbourne Ladies’ Day outfit, a white long sleave suit jacket and skirt, was slightly more conservative.

1970: The 70’s were all about big earings and ruffled bows on hats. Fashion model Angela Belle McSweeney, known for introducing and developing Fashions on the Field in NSW, was a regular racegoer in the 70s and often pictured wearing oversized blazers, checked bows on hats and thick hoop earings.

1985: Prince Charles and wife Princess Diana were special guests at the Melbourne Cup. Princess Diana may have impressed racegoers with her stylish Bruce Oldfield black and white suit and matching monochrome hat but it was her sheer tights that caught eyes. The stockings had a seam running down the back of her legs and a delicate bow just above her shoes.

1990: Silky minimalist dress silhouettes and arty accessories fit like a puzzle in the 90s. Photographer John Lindsay’s iconic photo of a trio of women donning ruffled feathers, mini skirts and shiny metallic stockings captured the era of 90s confidence in a nutshell. It was all about fitted attire and big head-wear in this decade.

1996: Despite the strict race-code dress manual racegoers pushed the boundaries of dressy daywear, showing off more skin for the sun to kiss. The Randwick campaign shoot gave in to the era’s frivolousness trends, capturing models frolicking on the turf in colourful bralettes only just covered by a matching blazer and suit pants. The bare-skinned attired recently re-surfaced when trainer Gai Waterhouse arrived at Epsom Day wearing a bright red blazer with a black lace bralette peeping through.

2003: The new millennium brought with it a new generation of race fashion featuring delicate, spaghetti-strapped dresses and taking short skirts to new heights. Paris and sister Nicky Hilton stole headlines at the Melbourne Cup after the duo rocked up to Flemington racecourse in brief attire. Paris wore a mid-drift floral halter-neck top with a low riding skirt while sister Nicky, slightly more conservative, wore a pink silk dress hemmed with lace.

 
$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Long range Melbourne Cup plans for Sky Boy

The Sky Boy story is still only half-written with his Villiers Stakes win a stepping stone to much bigger targets...

Accession races into Golden Slipper contention

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has welcomed his first winner by Brazen Beau, the colt he developed to become a...

Flying Houtzen breaks Doomben track record

Top Queensland mare Houtzen showed she was back to her best when she broke the course record for 1050m in...

Winx gearing up for Autumn campaign

Winx has returned to her Rosehill stable as anticipation mounts for a likely autumn campaign. Trainer Chris Waller posted a...

Mornington trainer banned over a dead filly

Mornington trainer Shane Bottomley has been suspended and fined over the disposal of a dead horse. Bottomley faced the Racing...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.