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50 years of Fashions on the Field

Since the first horse thundered down the straight at Flemington in 1861, women have been matching handbags to shoes, clutching form guides in one hand and unwieldy hats in the other, sinking heel-deep in muddy turf and parading about the public lawn in everything from crinoline cages to breathtakingly brief miniskirts. From the Age archives to present day, Age photographers have been there to capture it all.