More than anything, we’ve noticed how the Spring Racing Carnival takes a snapshot of Melbourne every year. Looking back at old photographs from the eras of the greats like Phar Lap, Let’s Elope, and even Vintage Crop, you get a real understanding of Melbourne as a city. A city so consistently positive, boisterous, and stylish.
Perhaps the most astounding thing is that in more than 100 years, the fashion at Stakes Day has only modernised where it needs to. There are fewer top hats and waistcoats and more tailored garments, but the general rules are the same.
As well as being Family Day and the final day in the carnival, Stakes Day is traditionally a more relaxed affair. Men swap their Derby Day black and whites for more colourful suits and shirts that match the Stakes Day Red Rose.