Perhaps no one will ever cause a fashion frenzy at the Melbourne Cup Carnival quite like Jean Shrimpton and her lovely legs.
The British model sparked an uproar when she dared to wear a mini dress, finishing five inches above her knees, to Derby Day in 1965. No stockings, gloves or hat - outrageous.
Shrimpton’s look would be considered conservative compared with the sea of dress cut-outs, bare midriffs and short hemlines at Flemington during Cup week in recent years.
At Melbourne Cup 2003 ’It girl’ Paris Hilton looked like she was going clubbing rather than to the races with a blingy, skimpy top and Rob Mills on her arm.
Derby Day 2006, Movie star Kate Bosworth channelled the 1920s with a black draped gown and beaded headpiece.
Melbourne Cup 2006, Bec Hewitt wore a Fendi short suit and matching Bettina Liano bra top, flashing flesh just below her breasts and breaking Victoria Racing Club rules.
Melbourne Cup 2011, Brynne Edelsten turned heads in a multi-coloured cocktail dress and headpiece fashioned from large feathers.
Melbourne Cup 2011 - Singer Enrique Iglesias doesn’t get the dresscode memo and rocks up to the birdcage in jeans.
If you’re looking to frock up in the local area this Melbourne Cup, consider Clarence Town Bowling Sport & Recreation Club (www.clarrobowlo.com.au) or Dungog Memorial Bowling Club (www.dungogbowlo.com.au).