The 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival Fashions on the Field Competition is open, to everyone, everywhere!

Want to be a part of the magic?

Attend Flemington across the first three days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and enter the competition in person at our dedicated on-course registration site at The Park.

For full on-course competition details including daily schedules, check out the competition category pages. Please note that digital entries are now closed.

Creative Awards

The prestigious Emerging Designer Award and Lillian Frank AM MBE Millinery Award return in 2023. These creative awards are designed to recognise bespoke excellence in industries important to both racing and fashion.

Entry for the Creative Awards is via submission, with finalists for each category being invited to present their design live on course at Flemington during Cup Week.

Details and schedules of Finals for the Creative Awards can be found on the competition category pages. Note, submissions for both of these Awards are now closed.



A $350k total prize pool comprising significant cash prizes, fashion experiences, and an array of prizes from our partners. For more information, please review the competition category pages.




2023 Key Dates


All digital competition entries closed

2023 Digital Finalists announced

Emerging Designer Award Final

Best Suited and Best Dressed On Course Competitions

Penfolds Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 4 November, 2023*

Millinery Award Final

Best Suited and Best Dressed On Course Competitions

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 7 November 2023*
Best Dressed and Best Suited On Course Competitions and Final Kennedy Oaks Day, Thursday 9 November 2023*


*Competitions occur on-course throughout Melbourne Cup Carnival 2023.