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Melbourne Cup 2019: The worst dressed celebrities in the Birdcage

Australian celebrities in sweat-inducing plastic fabrics and bizarre headpieces more suitable to last week’s Halloween celebrations have left a trail of fashion failure at the Melbourne Cup.

Even beauty queens and world-class supermodels got it wrong, with former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic and catwalk megastars Gemma Ward and Brooke Hogan breaking the strict Flemington Racecourse dress code by baring too much skin across the thigh and midriff.

Reality stars also had their fair share of flops, with The Bachelor star Keira Maguire stepping out in a risque, lace-up dress, more suitable for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing.

Former Bachelorette Georgia Love and Neighbours actress Sharon Johal appeared to have cut costs by sharing the same fabric for their wacky metallic pink ensembles, both fashioned from sticky lamé fabric that was sure to keep them hot under the collar right through to the final race.

McLeod’s Daughters star Doris Younane (pictured) certainly attracted attention in this black trouser suit and bizarre headwear, which looked like a cross between a jockey’s cap and an exterminator’s mask

Australian actress Doris Younane – best known for her turn as Moira Doyle in TV drama McLeod’s Daughters – certainly attracted attention with her black trouser suit and bizarre headwear, which looked like a cross between a  jockey’s cap and an exterminator’s mask.

Once considered a cardinal fashion sin, wearing red and pink together has been one of the coolest colour combinations of 2019.

Former Bachelorette Georgia Love tried her hand at the trend in a metallic pink midi-dress and red Saint Laurent envelope clutch, but missed the mark thanks to the sweat-inducing lamé fabric and dangerously high thigh split of the dress, and the rather dated style of the bag.

Neighbours star Sharon Johal appeared to have borrowed material from Georgia to create her 1980s-style power suit, which screamed ‘wet look overload’ thanks to her just-out-of-the-shower hairstyle.

Former Bachelorette Georgia Love (pictured) attempted the risky red and pink colour trend, but missed the mark by wearing sweat-inducing lamé fabric and a rather dated style of clutch bag

Neighbours star Sharon Johal (pictured) appeared to have borrowed material from Georgia to create this 1980s-style power suit

Former Bachelorette Georgia Love (left) attempted the risky red and pink colour trend, but missed the mark by wearing sweat-inducing lamé fabric and a rather dated style of clutch bag, while Neighbours star Sharon Johal (right) appeared to have borrowed material from Georgia to create her 1980s-style power suit

Model Brooke Hogan broke the Flemington dress code by baring her midriff in a lilac mini-dress, featuring a cut-out bow detail across the bust.

Purple may have been one of the biggest colours of 2019, but Brooke took it too far by using four different shades in her ensemble, which included lavender stilettos, an amethyst box bag and a mauve coloured hat.

Former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic ran the risk of breaking the Flemington dress code in a minuscule red leather mini-dress, featuring a potentially inappropriate hemline and thigh split slashed to the crotch.

Perched on a seat inside the Birdcage, Monika protected her modesty from the cameras with her white quilted Chanel handbag.

MTV reporter Kate Peck dressed well beyond her years in a matronly midi-dress made from thick, quilted fabric.

While Nadia Bartel’s choice of monochrome yellow was the perfect colour for spring racing, the outfit was less than photogenic, almost blinding the cameras.

The Bachelor’s Keira Maguire opted for a lace-up dress that was more suitable for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing.

Model Tegan Martin seemed to be celebrating Halloween a week late in a pumpkin coloured maxi-dress and mismatched black hat. 

While Nadia Bartel’s choice of monochrome yellow was the perfect colour for spring racing, the outfit was less than photogenic, almost blinding the cameras.

The Bachelor’s Keira Maguire opted for a lace-up dress that was more suitable for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing

The Bachelor’s Keira Maguire (right) opted for a lace-up dress that was more suitable for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing, and while Nadia Bartel’s choice of monochrome yellow was the perfect colour for spring racing (left) the outfit was less than photogenic, almost blinding the cameras

Model Tegan Martin seemed to be celebrating Halloween a week late in a pumpkin coloured maxi-dress and mismatched black hat

Model Tegan Martin seemed to be celebrating Halloween a week late in a pumpkin coloured maxi-dress and mismatched black hat

The Female Dress Code at Flemington Racecourse

Members and VIPS: Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable dress standard in keeping with the distinction of the Members’ Enclosure. 

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country.

Not acceptable:

– Footwear including sports shoes, runners, slippers, dilapidated footwear, gumboots or thongs

– Jeans, jodhpurs or leather pants

– Shorts

– Pants tucked into socks or footwear

– Torn or ripped clothing, even if ‘by design’

– Garments which expose the midriff

– Leggings worn as pants

– Parkas, duffle coats, windbreakers, tracksuit tops, golf or yachting weatherproofs or leather jackets

– Strictly no denim 

Source: Flemington Racecourse

Model Brooke Hogan (pictured) incorporated a whopping four shades of purple into her ensemble, which broke the Flemington dress code by baring part of her midriff

Model Brooke Hogan (pictured) incorporated a whopping four shades of purple into her ensemble, which broke the Flemington dress code by baring part of her midriff

Former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic (pictured) ran the risk of breaking the Flemington dress code in this tiny red leather mini-dress with a thigh split slashed right up to the crotch

Posing for photographers inside the Birdcage, Monika protected her modesty from the cameras with her white quilted Chanel handbag

Former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic (pictured) ran the risk of breaking the Flemington dress code in this tiny red leather mini-dress with a thigh split slashed right up to the crotch

MTV reporter Kate Peck (pictured) dressed well beyond her years in this matronly midi-dress made from thick, quilted fabric

MTV reporter Kate Peck (pictured) dressed well beyond her years in this matronly midi-dress made from thick, quilted fabric

Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess (pictured) wore a dress that looked a little like the inside of a child's colouring book

Her choice of headpiece did little to compliment her fiery red tresses

Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess (pictured) wore a dress that looked a little like the inside of a child’s colouring book, while her choice of headpiece did little to compliment her fiery red tresses

The Block's Shaynna Blaze (pictured) looked elegant in a 1950s-inspired frock, but the dark colour was an unusual choice for a day of spring racing, while her veiled top hat ended up looking more circus than chic

The Block’s Shaynna Blaze (pictured) looked elegant in a 1950s-inspired frock, but the dark colour was an unusual choice for a day of spring racing, while her veiled top hat ended up looking more circus than chic

Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess opted for an asymmetric strapless dress from Australian brand Eliya the Label, but the kooky print looked a little like a child’s colouring book. 

Her choice of headpiece – a faded pink, 1950s-inspired fascinator – clashed with her fiery red tresses.

The Block’s Shaynna Blaze looked elegant in a 1950s-inspired black frock, but the dark colour struck the wrong tone for spring racing, which is known for its show of bright shades.

The interior designer attempted to add drama to her ensemble with a veiled top hat, but the statement accessory looked more circus than chic.

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