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Oaks Day Millinery 2014 - Fashions on the Field Millinery Award

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Oaks Day for us is our favourite day of the Spring Racing calendar, and for one reason alone, ALL THE HATS! There is so much amazing, mind-blowing millinery, headwear and fascinators on display, with the National finals of Fashions on the Field, and also the FOTF Millinery Award, where 90 milliners from across Australia (and this year one from Ireland), battle it out with their finest millinery skills to be crowned the winner. For the uninitiated this is the equivalent of the millinery X-Factor, with the judging panel made-up of industry experts, milliners, fashion buyers, journalists, and previous winners, and milliners are pitted against each other judged on their skill in meeting the following criteria:

  1. Style and design of the millinery (elements including originality, concept of the design theme and wearability)
  2. Quality and workmanship of the millinery (elements including technique, line and trim)
  3. Appropriateness of the millinery for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the individual and the outfit.

For the last couple of years the winners have presented pieces that have shown exemplary technique in very sleek, modern and architectural ways; Love Lotus in 2012 with her wire-framed candy-caned, almost Escher-like wonder, and Studio ANISS in 2013 with her laser-cut wooden marvel, and this year's winner Jill Humphries of Jill & Jack Millinery was no exception. Her winning piece was simply breath-taking, in the most sleek and elegant of ways, and perfectly complemented that white Maticevski gown, with the lines of the beautiful white (leather?) bird, sweeping effortlessly, still, but in motion. It was also quite the architectural beauty, demonstrated superb millinery dexterity, and looked wonderful on model Bree Laughlin.      

Runners-up were Rebecca Share with a beautiful twisted silver piece, and Rose Hudson in a very (fittingly) theatrical creation, which was refreshing to see, as last year it seemed pieces with a little theatricallity or humour were not favoured by the judges. It was also awesome to see Love Lotus in the top 10, with another of her incredible metallic creations which seemed somehow robbed of a podium slot.    

Last year's winner Aniss Alder of Studio ANISS presented the prize, wearing another piece that was equally worthy of taking out the competition again, she'll be eligible to compete again next year so we cannot wait to see what marvel she comes up with!    

Until then, enjoy these pics!


(All photos by The Eternal Headonist)

Left - Brenda Wilson House of Windsor Millinery       Right - Lady of Leisure Millinery 

Christie Millinery 

Serena Lindeman Millinery 

Bonnie Evelyn Millinery 

Brodie Worrell, Fashions on the Field winner 2014 in Felicity Northeast Millinery 

Love Lotus Copper Poppies 

Contest in action

Rebecca Share Millinery - 1st Runner Up 

Lisa Alexander Millinery 

Loved this piece made from melted spoons - let us know the milliner if you know them :)

A stunning piece from Kim Wiebenga

NSW Fashions on the Field Winner - Shauna Dennett 

Jill Humphries of Jill & Jack Millinery anxiously awaiting the result...

Aniss Adler of Studio ANISS announcing the winners

Rose Hudson 2nd Runner Up and a stunning Love Lotus number can be seen to the left

And the winner is... Jill Humphries of Jill & Jack Millinery with a simply stunning creation 

Emma & Clare of Team Headonist in vintage millinery (left) and Love Lotus (right) 

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