Oaks Day Millinery Award

Event Details

Oaks Day Millinery Award

Time: November 9, 2017 all day
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Street: 448 Epsom Road
City/Town: Flemington VIC
Website: http://bit.ly/2wqD8OY
Event Type: competition
Organized By: Victoria Racing Club
Latest Activity: Aug 4, 2017

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Event Description

Competition overview

This invitation-only category was introduced in 2006 to complement the Design Award’s focus on the fine art of millinery. Traditionally held on Kennedy Oaks Day, the Millinery Award focuses the judges’ attention purely on the hat or headpiece of the individual and allows milliners a chance to showcase their work and contribution to racing fashion.


Although the Millinery Award is an invitation only event, submissions are also accepted for consideration.

All proposals should to be emailed to fashions@vrc.net.au for review. Each submission should include: 

  • Your portfolio including a sweep of images
  • Why you want to be involved in the competition
  • Any PR received on your designs/labels 
  • Links to your social media platforms

All proposals must be submitted in one PDF document with no separate images by Thursday 31 August. 

Contestant criteria 

All contestants must fulfil the following contestant criteria, acknowledge that they understand and agree to abide by the criteria:

  • Contestants must be 18 years of age or more
  • All models must have appropriate racewear to complement their headwear
  • Contestants are not permitted to alter or add to their headwear or outfit in any way from the beginning until the end of the competition

Judging criteria 

A panel of judges based their voted on the following Millinery Award criteria: 

  • Style and design of the millinery (elements including originality, concept of the design theme and wearability)
  • Quality and workmanship of the millinery (elements including technique, line and trim)
  • Appropriateness of the millinery for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the individual and the outfit

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