Last weekend, Leiden editor Emma Batchelor had the honour of being a judge at the Fashion on the Field event at Queanbeyan Racecourse. Together with fellow judges, regular fashion on the field winner Viviana Croker, and milliner and makeup artist Andrew Cannon, she had to whittle a large number of stylishly dressed male and female competitors to first a final six and then a final three. The winner of the event will go on to represent the Queanbyean area in a regional final event at the Goulburn District Race Club for a winning prize pool valued over $10,000 in February next year.
After some deliberation in what was a very close competition, the winner, Sally Martin, was announced. We caught up with her afterwards to find out more about her winning outfit.
Leiden: Tell us about your winning outfit for Fashion on the Field. Take us through each piece and the story behind it.
Sally: My outfit was based on a 50s silhouette, an era in fashion that I’m quite fond of. My shoes were bought from the Vinnies op shop in Queanbeyan. I quite like the added touch of gold metallic which matched in with my gold horse brooch. My skirt is a copy of another skirt I have which was also bought from an op shop in Canberra. I wanted the skirt to have a fuller, heavier look, so on a recent trip to Bali, I had it made. My black and white top was from Zara, I loved the lace textured flowers which I thought complimented the texture in my black lattice cape (purchased from Decuba), as well as the texture and pattern in my black and white clutch bought from Colette. My boater hat is from Majory Banks millinery which I purchased through ‘Racewear Carousel’ which is an online website for all things FOTF [Fashion on the Field] related. It is a recycled hat, as it was worn by a previous owner. Finally, my jewellery was from Colette and my black, delicate, fine lace gloves were from my grandmother, who knew me well enough to pass on all of her numerous gloves.
L: What brought you to Queanbeyan to compete today?
S: We are frequent attendees of Queanbeyan Racecourse as we really enjoy the friendly and family oriented atmosphere. I also have several friends who live on the area and we often make it a place to catch up as they also have children. It turns into quite the picnic day. I have been attending the Queanbeyan cup for the last 5 years and always enjoy dressing up and partaking in a bet or two, as well as a champagne or two with friends.
L: What do you like about FOTF?
S: I have really only been entering FOTF more seriously in the last couple of years. I enjoy the creative side of designing an outfit and seeing how it all comes together. The social aspect of FOTF is lovely and I have met some beautiful people, inside and out, that have now become my great friends. And, of course, there’s the dressing up, hair and makeup, something I have always enjoyed doing. I guess after being ‘mummy’ all the time, it’s nice to have a small break and be ‘me’ again. However, in saying that, we do tend to go to quite a few country NSW race events where my children can enjoy the day too, as they cater really well for children.
L: What is your approach to dressing outside of FOTF?
S: Outside of FOTF, I still enjoy putting together a stylish outfit whether it be for work (primary school teacher) or hanging out with my family. I actually feel most comfortable in heels and wedges and seem to have quite a number of dresses in my wardrobe! I probably tend to wear jeans and a nice top with heels/wedges or skirts with a top tucked in. I always think it’s important to dress appropriately for whichever event you are attending, and take into consideration the weather, which can be rather unpredictable!
L: What do you love about fashion?
S: I have always loved ‘fashion.’ I enjoy seeing pictures from all the different eras. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, probably not the best for fashion, but definitely memorable! Given that, I think I really enjoy dressing in feminine styles, especially vintage styles from the 1950s as I think those styles best suit my body shape. I like the fact that we have so much choice in styling our clothes but I also think it is important to reuse and recycle our clothing. I enjoy buying those special items from op shops, vintage fairs, and markets. You never know when they might come in handy and is more than likely that no one else will have the same item as you