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Melbourne Cup Fashion

It’s called the Race that Stops the Nation; but the Melbourne Cup style stakes are just as high as the stakes on the horses. From Twiggy’s daring fashion move in 1965 as she dons a shift dress above her knee (shocker!), to the eccentric hat that style queen Sarah Jessica Parker rocked in 2011, the Melbourne Cup is truly the race that stops the fashion nation.

Twiggy in the infamous/famous shift dress that bared her knees to the on-lookers

From girls wearing heels for the first time, to old stylish women wearing beautiful classic hats, the style doesn’t stop in Melbourne, as offices, restaurants, bars and houses all over the country hold their luncheons to watch the race, bet some money and dress in their favourite cocktail dress.

 Australian model and personality Jennifer Hawkins in 2009

Delta Goodrem last year dresses down her tulle dress with nude ballet flats

Australian model Ashley Hart matches her boyfriend in 2010

But the beauty of the Melbourne Cup fashion doesn’t lie just in the dresses, but it’s a time for women to take risks. Drawing in the fashion elite from not only Australia but around the world, the dazzling fashions see bizarre and original hats and brightly coloured dresses. The colours of the day are always spring. With the start of the scorching hot Australian summer, the heat is embraced and the spring is brought to life.

Miranda Kerr’s amazing flower hat gives an edge to her pretty cocktail dress

Sarah Jessica Parker makes a daring style choice for headware

Mischa Barton at last year’s race in a gorgeous chocolate brown dress.

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