The ultimate dream for a Fashions on the Field enthusiast? Being crowned National Winner at Flemington Race Course on Oaks Day November 9th of course!
And The State Finals for 2017 are now under way…
It’s an exciting time for me. I love hearing about how each finalist came up with their outfit.
I want to know how long it took, what brands they are wearing and the personal anecdotes that go along with how they pulled together their own individual look.
So this year I’m sharing. I’ve put together this blog post, which I will update as each finalist is announced.
It’s not all about the prizes…. (really)
…but, there is a huge prize pool on offer!
Last year the winner took home a Lexus RC 200t F sport, valued at $83,000, a Myer shopping spree to the value of $6000, A TCL TV package valued at $2300, a trophy, a white gold brooch with black diamonds valued at $1750 and $1600 worth of Antler Luggage.
I saw Courtney’s suitcases and they were BEAUTIFUL!! All gold and shiny!
If that isn’t enough to make you stop and consider making your way to a State Final, then I don’t know what will!!
A Quick Overview for the Beginner
The Myer FOTF competition is the biggest and most prestigious competition in the industry.
Heats are held in each of the six states as well as a “Semi Final” in Darwin, and, as of last year, China has been introduced to the competition as well.
As a Semi Finalist, the winner is fast tracked to the preliminary finals on Melbourne Cup Day.
How to Enter
To enter a State Final, you just have to turn up on the day to the event, but make sure you get there early to register within the registration times. Otherwise, online registrations open weeks prior to the event and can be found here.
You do not need to be a resident of that state to enter. It’s quite common for states to be represented by women who reside in other areas.
You will notice above, that Victoria has three opportunties; Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day.
The Victorian State Finalist is chosen from the winners of each day’s competition.
So, the winner from Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day enter a competition on Oaks Day to decide who will be the Victorian finalist.
Then, there is another competition- the State Finalists Competition. Winners from the 6 states compete for the overall winning sash. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.