I was very excited for this interview with Crystal Kimber, the 2017 National FOTF Winner, as she is someone whose style and passion for Fashions on the Field I have admired for many years.

Crystal and I started entering FOTF around the same time, and we have crossed paths (stages) many times. In fact, I’ve come runner up to Crystal in two State Finals. The first was the 2013 QLD State Final, followed by the 2017 NSW State Final, where she then went on to take home the National Win!!

milano imai and crystal kimber fashions on the field state finals

Crystal and I at the 2013 QLD State Final and 2017 NSW State Final.

Crystal always has a new outfit for every event she enters (I have no idea how you do it!), most of which she works closely with her mum, Gail Taylor to create. I love the bond between Crystal and her mum and everything they put together! Crystal is always up to date with the current trends, especially accessory trends and never puts a fashion foot wrong.

Crystal Kimber | National Winner 2017

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Fashion Related Questions

How long have you been entering FOTF? Number of events per year?

I’ve been entering FOTF for about 6 years. When I first started I would enter once or twice a year but by my third year I was entering about 10. It’s an addiction! In recent years, I have paired it back again as my full time job is quite demanding.

crystal kimber wearing pink purple dress

black and white tulle dress for derby day

Describe your National winning outfit and where you got the idea/inspiration?

My winning dress was probably one of my cheapest outfits yet! It was made from my Grandma’s vintage skirt with raffia embellished flowers, paired back with statement earrings, Bag Queen ring handle bag, pink suede heels and a pink crown headpiece – a little D&G inspired.

Grandma’s vintage skirt with raffia embellished flowers

Image: @wendellt @peoplestyleplace

I always wanted to make the skirt into a dress as a kid and when my grandma passed and left me the skirt I knew we had to make it into something special. The dress remained unfinished for months as the neckline had me stumped. It was only 3 weeks out from the competition that I found the perfect neckline, inspired by Caroline Herrera.

dress neckline shape - story behind outfit

Image: Caroline Herrera, @wendellt @peoplestyleplace

What was it like winning the national final? Recreate the moment for us.

I absolutely couldn’t believe it when I heard my number. I truly thought after they announced the runner up (who I thought might win) that Queensland was then going to take it out. I was in absolute shock and I just wanted my mum up on the stage with me to celebrate.

2017 fotf national winner crystal kimber trophy stage

It really was a dream come true, as I dreamt of that moment since I was 18. I remember watching the FOTF final on TV when I was in high school and wanted to be that girl one day. Never did I think it would happen!

crystal kimber and red lexus car prize

Has your life changed in any way since taking out the winning sash?

After winning I had some really amazing opportunities with the VRC. In March last year, I was invited to judge at Auckland Cup as the VRC representative, which was such a cool experience being able to travel overseas to judge and also feature on New Zealand television.