I love Melbourne Cup, not for the racing but for the Fashion of Course!!
I have had the pleasure of dressing many women and men for the day, however I also love the history of fashion worn in the past!!
Here a selection of images, that are historical in a right of their own…
This photo is from 1964. For the first time ever there was a generation of young people with money to spend looking for ways to express their new found sense of freedom through fashion. This young lady has a great sense of style – I love her high collar dress, the well made gloves with buttons, the hat and her natural make up.
In 1965 Jean Shrimpton, the world’s highest-paid model, left Melbourne’s elite gasping in disbelief after witnessing her daring white dress cut 10cm above the knee to Derby Day. Leaving her thighs in clear view of the conservative crowds, Shrimpton later said when attending the Melbourne Cup dressed more conservatively: “I feel Melbourne isn’t ready for me yet.”
Then, as now, parading in one’s finery on the day is obviously nothing new. “The Lawn” would appear to be the place to be and the place to be seen. And what a marvelous snapshot of Edwardian summer fashions. Taken at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day, circa 1906.
And my all time favourite icon.. Audrey Hepburn with her dear friend, Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild during the horse racing at Hippodrome de Longchamp in Paris (France), on June 20, 1966. I know it’s not at the Melbourne Cup, but she had to be included.