ENTRANTS in the Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field proved you don’t need to spend a fortune to look the part, with a vintage borrowed dress helping Michelle Everson take the 2010 title.

In a dress borrowed from a friend’s grandmother and a hat from Target, Michelle wowed the judges and was a popular winner of Face of the Carnival.

Michelle said after some encouragement from friends and family she decided to enter the contest at the last minute.

“My dress belongs to a friend’s grandmother so it is vintage, all the accessories I had in the wardrobe at home in Brisbane,” she said.

“My hat actually comes from Target, I had it in the wardrobe at home ... I have worn it before but I don’t think I have worn it to the Grafton Races.”

Luck must have definitely been on the former Grafton girl’s side yesterday, as she pre-emptively picked the number of the South Grafton Cup winner Kanter Brau before the race.

“My favourite number is 11 so I usually just back 11 ... maybe I should have a bet,” she said.

Fashions on the Field runner-up, Coffs Harbour’s Elyan Shotbolt, also wore inexpensive garments to run a close second to Michelle.

“I made my dress, I just opened a shop in Coffs named My Sister’s Wardrobe, it’s vintage-inspired clothing,” she said.

“The jacket I bought for $20 from the Salvos a few years ago, and the hat I bought at a vintage fair in Sydney.”

Attending her first Grafton July race carnival, Elyan said she had enjoyed the experience.

“It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been lovely weather to be outside having fun with all the other well-dressed ladies,” she said.

Winner of the millinery award, Grafton’s Nicky Fletcher, only finished making her hat on Saturday night. “It’s all about the hat,” she said.

Nicky said she had only started dabbling in millinery this year, with this being the first hat she had made.

“The whole hat has been created by myself, block-shaped, I created the flowers ... so I am pretty happy,” she said.

When asked if this win was a sign of things to come Nicky was optimistic. “Let’s hope so...fingers crossed,” she said.

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