The past 50 years in fashion at the Melbourne Cup

Fashion is a fast-moving industry and these photos capture how styles have changed with the times over the past half a century.

From Jean Shrimpton to Paris Hilton, the Melbourne Cup Carnival has attracted some of the world's greatest fashionistas, each leaving their indelible mark in the field at Flemington.

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Meanwhile, Hunter fashionistas have spent weeks preparing for the nation’s most popular three minute race, investing in bright colours to stand out among the partying masses.

“We’re seeing the return of taffeta, lace and delicate fabrics you might not wear on day-to-day basis. This now counts as a special occasion in Australian culture.” Charlestown Square stylist Natalie Baker said.