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:: Spotlight :: VRC Spring Carnival fashion

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and MYER are pleased to announce that Australian actor Alex Dimitriades will be the MYER Fashions on the Field Male Ambassador for the 2006 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In his role as Ambassador, Alex will judge the glamorous MYER Fashions on the Field, attend a number of Melbourne Cup Carnival official functions, and will be available for media opportunities as a spokesperson for Men’s Classic Racewear.

With his keen eye for fashion and an interest in racing, Alex is delighted to be involved in the Carnival and more specifically with MYER Fashions on the Field at Flemington, which has grown to be recognised today as Australia’s largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event.

Well known for the role of Nick Polides - star of the early 1990s film Heartbreak Kid and its spin-off TV series Heartbreak High which launched his career at the age of 17, Alex went on to make his mark in film, television and on the theatre stage in Australia and overseas.

Alex’s film roles include Head On, which earned him a Film Critics’ Best Actor Award, a Best Actor AFI nomination and rave reviews, La Spagnola for which he also received an AFI nomination, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Let’s Get Skase, Ghost Ship and many others.
Currently, Alex can be spotted in the lead role of The Emperor of Sydney. The play, which had its premiere at the Stables Theatre in Sydney this month, is the final instalment in a Louis Nowra trilogy that also includes The Woman with Dog’s Eyes, which also starred Alex Dimitriades, and The Marvellous Boy.

His other stage roles include the popular Wogboys, Hurlyburly, a French production called Careless Love, a UK production of Aladdin and more.


**Update as at September 10, 2006**

In 2006 the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and MYER will pay tribute to the key role milliners play in the glamour of the celebration that stops a nation by introducing a new industry-based Millinery Award that will be judged on Crown Oaks Day.

Hats, and more recently headpieces and fascinators, are synonymous with the Melbourne Cup Carnival when Flemington transforms into a sea of sinamay, colourful feathers and flowers. The new Millinery Award will focus attention of the judges purely on the all-important headwear.

The Millinery Award will run in a similar way to the Design Award, which will make a comeback this year on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, following its successful debut in 2005.

Just like all other categories of MYER Fashions on the Field, the Millinery Award will be hosted by Sonia Kruger and televised on the Seven Network around the country.

The Millinery Award and the Design Award will provide milliners and designers with a prestigious platform to showcase their exclusive designs and will ensure the traditional Women’s Classic Racewear event remains a competition for everyone.

VRC and MYER nominated milliners and all who are registered with the Australian Millinery Association will receive an invitation to enter and will be encouraged to respond promptly because places will be limited.

Milliners who are not registered with the Australian Millinery Association, will need to become members and this will automatically earn them an invitation for entry into the exclusive Millinery Award.

With fabulous prizes up for grabs, including a trip for two to Dubai flying business class with Emirates Airline, MYER vouchers, Antler Luggage and a Motorola V3i D&G mobile phone, it is anticipated that the Millinery Award will attract Australia’s best creative talent and reveal some truly breathtaking masterpieces.

For more registration details and the terms and conditions of entry visit the VRC website


**Update as at October 24, 2006**

As their brand new Motown album ‘Dancing in the Streets’ hits the charts at number one, Australian boy band Human Nature will join in the celebration that stops a nation by lighting up the Flemington stage with the Australian National Anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

Human Nature will perform the Australian National Anthem in the Mounting Yard on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day amid all the colour and excitement of pre-Cup entertainment.

On the famous Tuesday in November, they will share the stage, the race day audience of more than 100,000 and the huge worldwide TV audience with Chris Isaak, who will perform I Want You To Want Me.

The Australian National Anthem will be performed immediately before the AAMI Victoria Derby, Emirates Melbourne Cup, Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes in the Mounting Yard.

Other performers of the National Anthem during the carnival will be:

Kane Alexander for AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Young Divas for Crown Oaks Day.

In keeping with the tradition of Emirates Stakes Day as the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s true family day, 30 brave and talented Phar Lap Club members aged five to 15 will perform ‘Advance Australia Fair’ with the assistance of the Australian Youth Choir.


Victoria Salvato of New South Wales, Kimberley Busteed of Queensland, Angela Menz of the ACT (South Australia state representative) and Natasha Liddell of Western Australia are now in the running for the major Women’s Classic Racewear prize, worth more than $50,000.

In its third year as a national competition, the four state winners in the Women’s Classic Racewear category were selected from more than 300 contestants – almost double the numbers from 2005. The overall calibre of contestants was also greatly improved on previous years.

Each state winner has already snared part of the $350,000 prize pool by winning a nine-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a $3000 MYER shopping voucher, $500 of Antler Luggage and a SAAB 9-3 Convertible for a week.

The four state winners will take on the Victorian winner – determined over the first three days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – in the National Final on the famous lawns of Flemington on Crown Oaks Day (Thursday, November 9).

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