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5 Minutes With Sarah Schofield

After a whirlwind Spring Racing carnival, RMIT Fashion Student and Myer Fashions on the Field winner Miss Sarah Schofield agreed to have a quick chat with me about this years’ carnival hits, misses, and what inspired her winning outfit.

Who designed your outfits for this years Spring Racing Carnival?

I designed almost all of my own outfits for this year’s carnival.  I wore one of my own designs from my fourth year collection to the Caulfield Cup, and I wore headwear by Richard Nylon.  He has been a true mentor to me, since I took his Millinery class at RMIT.

For Cox Plate Day, I wore a vintage frock that I picked up in Paris last year, and I made a hat to go with the dress out of balsa wood fans.

My winning Fashions on the Field Outfit (Derby Day) I created myself.  I designed an A-Line wool dress, and went on to decorate it with laser cut plastic rectangles.  I created my hat to match using the plastic shapes to create a bird’s nest type effect, I put the outfit together with the assistance of the Laser Cutting Machine at RMIT, as the students are able to use this for their various projects.

How much time to you generally allow yourself from ‘the idea’ to the ‘creation’ of an outfit?

I generally start thinking about my outfits early in the year however making them always seems to be very last minute!

What was your inspiration for your race day outfits this season?

My Caulfield Cup outfit, which was part of my university collection, was loosely inspired by 1950’s Couture Techniques from Christian Dior’s New Look.

For Derby Day, my dress and headwear drew inspiration from 1960’s designer Paco Rabanne who did a lot of work with metal and plastic.

What did you feel were some of the predominant trends/stand out looks from this Spring Racing Carnival?

I think we saw some really interesting looks this year. Racegoers really accessorised their outfits well this year and we continued to see many people adhere to the traditions of race wear. I think the races is a really unique time, when women can get really dressed up, and complete their outfits with gloves and hats. It’s a lot of fun!

Words:  Bronwyn Miller

Photography:  Jeremy Wiggs, Christine Kelman, Cox Plate Image Courtesy Sarah Schofield

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