All roads for New Zealand's fashions in the field competitions lead to the national final - The Ned Prix de Fashion - set to be held here at Ellerslie Racecourse on Vodafone Derby Day, Saturday 5 March 2022, as a part of Auckland Cup Week©.
The national winner will take home the coveted Supreme Winner title and a $15,000 prize package from The Ned, with other prizes still to be announced.
Today we've outlined how the competition works, what events will see their winner automatically qualify for the Regional Final AND answered some FAQs.
How does The Ned Prix de Fashion work on the day at Ellerslie?
1. Regional Final The first phase of this competition is the Regional Final which features winners of competitions that have taken place around the country (see qualifier competitions below) in the lead-up to the day AND four women who earned themselves a "last chance wild card' spot in the Fashion Qualifiers which take place on the runway earlier in the day.
For the past two seasons, the judges have scored contestants via a points-based system. This will be utilised again in 2022.
2021's Regional Finalists (Click the arrows to scroll through the gallery)
2. Grand Finalists Points from the above Regional Final are tallied up with the top five-scoring finalists being announced and sashed as the competition's Grand Finalists.
2021's Grand Finalists (Click the arrows to scroll through the gallery)
3. Winner-takes-all From the Grand Finalists, the Supreme Winner - the person with the most points - is announced and takes home the winner-takes-all prize package, the all-important sash and one year's worth of bragging rights to being the national titleholder. There are no placegetters.
Be announced the winner* of one of the below competitions and you'll prequalify for the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022.
16 October | Livamol Classic, BOSTOCK New Zealand Spring Racing Carnival, Hawke's Bay Racing Club
2 November | Wingatui Melbourne Cup Day - Otago Racing Club
13 November | New Zealand Cup Day, New Zealand Cup Week - Canterbury Jockey Club
20 November | Counties Cup Day, Counties Racing Club
26 December | Boxing Day Races, Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Ellerslie (*first and second both qualify)
29 January | Wellington Cup Day, Wellington Racing Club
26 Feb | Matamata Breeders Stakes Day, Matamata Racing Club
5 March |Vodafone Derby Day, Auckland Cup Week - Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Ellerslie (*four women will earn last minute, wild card spots)
The Ned Prix de Fashion is held on Vodafone Derby Day. Derby Day events are traditionally black and white - does this mean I should stick to that colour-way? This is a tricky one and we admit it's confusing! Since its inception alongside that of Vodafone Derby Day, The Ned Prix de Fashion has always been held on this day BUT, it's only in recent years that racegoers have started to take notice of the day's suggested (and traditional) colour palette. We appreciate that some Regional Finalists may wish to wear the same outfit they wore in their local competition and that outfit may be colourful. Further, we don't want to put pressure on anyone having to organise a new outfit - particularly if they think theirs has the winning edge. We also want to ensure our judges select the best dressed, no matter the colour they're wearing. SO - for The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022, judges will be well-briefed that ANYONE can win the title - no matter what colour(s) they are wearing. Black and white will not provide an advantage and, if you cast your eye back through past winners, you'll see we have had a mix of monochrome and colourful winners. The Fashion Qualifiers, which are held earlier on the day that The Ned Prix de Fashion takes place, also has an open colour policy - wearing the Derby Day colours of black and white will not provide an advantage or disadvantage. Spectators, however, are encouraged to get into the spirit of Vodafone Derby Day and wear black and/or white!
I've pre-qualified for the Regional Final, do I have to wear the same outfit I wore when winning my local competition? The conditions remain the same for 2022's competition as they always have - pre-qualified regional contestants may, but do not have to, wear the same outfit they wore when winning their local competition.
How much does it cost to enter The Ned Prix de Fashion? Nothing! Entry into the competition is free for all female racegoers on course aged 18yr+. Men on course aged 18+ are welcome to enter the day's Menswear Award which is also free to enter. If you have pre-qualified for the Regional Final, you'll receive complimentary tickets to Vodafone Derby Day in order for you to get on course and compete.
I want to have a crack at the Fashion Qualifiers on Vodafone Derby Day for a last chance to pre-qualify for The Ned Prix de Fashion Regional Final - how do I enter? Entering is easy. You can either enter on the day at the registration desk by the fashion marquee OR you help avoid the queues and speed things up on the day by pre-registering online.
We open up pre-registrations closer to the event date. Keep an eye out on this website for more!
Check out our fashion section for more information on our own raceday fashion competitions, past winners, pre-qualified contestants and more.