In what has been a very unusual and uncertain year, the racing fashion community was no exception when it came to succumbing to the perils of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Usually by midyear, FOTF lovers are excitedly planning their race day looks for the highlight of the racing calendar; Spring Carnival week at Flemington Racecourse.
But this year, things were looking bleak for race enthusiasts around the country as more and more restrictions were put in place, the limited number of people allowed to attend events, not being able to leave their states or even their homes. With no end in sight, we had to accept that for the first time in 58 years, the Melbourne Cup Carnival would go ahead, spectator free.
After months of speculation (and hope), the Victorian Racing Club finally released information on the 8th of September that there would indeed be a National FOTF Competition, and much to our excitement; State Finals too.
Emails were distributed, which outlined a whole new format; for the very first time in its 16 year history, the 2020 Myer National FOTF competition would be held entirely in a virtual format, named ‘Fashions on your Front Lawn’.
Along with some exciting new changes, this would also mark the first year the NT and ACT would be included in the ‘State Finals’ with a representative selected to compete in the National Final.
And in following with the theme of inclusion, for the first time there would be a men’s State Final and a National Winner selected.
Entrants were given four opportunities to dress up in their race day best, snap some photos in or around their homes, and submit entries via an online registration form. The virtual competition focused on enabling entrants to participate no matter where they were in Australia or what their restrictions were.
Entrants were asked to submit three photos showcasing their outfits from different angles and some close ups of special details, millinery etc. Entrants had the option to use a professional photographer if they liked.
There were two different entry dates given to different states/territories.
For the ACT, NT, SA, TAS &a