All fashion designers begin somewhere and for Matilda Conway, 13, it's making her own dress for Emirates Fashions on the Field on Stakes Day.
Amid the beautiful on-course peacocks, a fashion judge gazes in adoration.
Makybe Diva may have won the Melbourne Cup a record three times but year after year, there is a bigger diva at the races, galloping around for attention. Disgraced businessman Geoffrey Edelsten,71, arrived in the Birdcage with the sole intention of stealing the show – and this year he did it in the worst possible style.
There seems something almost perfectly absurd about a whole city being granted a day off on a Tuesday and much of a nation stopping work because there is a horse race, and you'd be tempted to snigger at it ... and then your horse wins.
It took a rip in a Camilla kaftan to bring out the winning entry in the Myer Fashions on the Field competition.
Fresh from winning the fashions on the field competition on their P&O cruise ship, four retirees have again taken centre stage.
If federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is invited to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, he will discover the age of entitlement is so hot right now. There's French champagne and caviar for VIPs waving their coveted lanyards and wristbands in Flemington's grand schmoozing spectacle.
Private Melbourne at the Caulfield Cup
On an otherwise cold and grey Wednesday, it was the Ladies who Lunch who stole the show and brought vibrant colour to the Caulfield racecourse – more than 400 of them, and to a woman, in high spirits and stylishly turned out.
Dannii’s ex has some fashion advice for men. Start with women, he tells Megan Doherty.
The programme may have said Autumn racing but the weather and hemlines had other ideas.
There were no fake tans, tiaras or tantrums at the Kids Fashions on the Field.
Taking out a major prize at the Fashions on the Field event has become so coveted in recent years, that the days of teetering into Flemington and entering on a whim are long gone.
Elephant ears, huge shoes and tattoos. It's got to be Derby day.
With a surname that means 'horses' in Italian, renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli was in the right place.
Catwalk trends were given a sophisticated race-wear twist by thousands of fashion-forward women who, for the most part, stuck admirably to Derby day's traditional monochrome rules.
Here at Flemington it's time to smell the roses and that unique aroma of celebrity as the Birdcage fills for Derby Day.
Paris Kyne's creative juices were fired up by the Banksia financial collapse so he created a 'robust hat like the flower' in sympathy with the investors' plight.
'You know the best part of all this, don't you?' whispered Margaret Gaudion, the inaugural winner of Fashions on the Field. 'The fact that they have remembered me!'
FINDING a headpiece for the Melbourne spring racing carnival it is not as simple as popping any old hat on.