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Carle Rutledge, also known as Madam Hat won the Myer National Fashions on the Field competition in 2018. The final to the competition is held on Kennedy Oaks Day during Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse.
As the state finalist from Queensland Carle won the state final at Doomben Racecourse wearing a Roksanda dress, MNG shoes, self-made millinery, Mimco jewellery and a handbag from Bag Queen. She went on to represent the state in the Cup Week Final winning the national prize.
Growing up in regional Queensland Carle was an avid racegoer and was inspired by the style of the ladies entering Fashions on the Field. She began entering the competition herself and uses the opportunity as an outlet to create hats for herself.
Carle’s approach to the competition is about creating an outfit she enjoys wearing and exploring different styles. She sources pieces from many sources and brings them together to create her look. We hope you enjoy hearing about her process in this episode.
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