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 29 February 2020, as a part of Auckland Cup Week.
Not only will our national titleholder take home the Supreme Winner title and a $15,000 prize package from The Ned, she will also get the chance to compete in Melbourne in MYER Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020.
Today we've outlined how the competition works, what events will see their winner automatically qualify for its Regional Final AND answered some FAQs.
The Ned Prix de Fashion - How does it work on the day at Ellerslie?
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 Qualifier which takes place on the runway earlier in the day.
Top five From the Regional Final, the top five finalists are selected and announced.
Winner-takes-all From the top five, one Supreme Winner is announced and takes home the winner-takes-all prize package and earns the national title for the year. There are no placegetters.
The Ned Prix de Fashion - 2019/20 pre-qualifying events
Below is a list of all the pre-qualifying events for the 2019/20 season. Take note as there's a new qualifiying competition for the girls in the South Island, a couple of omissions and some competitions that offer more than one person a spot in The Ned Prix de Fashion Regional Final.
2019/20 qualifying competition dates
5 October | Livamol Classic, Spring Racing Carnival, Hawke's Bay Racing Club
5 November | NEWMARKET. Style Spotter, OMF Melbourne Cup Day - Auckland Racing Club
* NEW * 5 November | Melbourne Cup Day, Otago Racing Club
16 November | New Zealand Cup Day, New Zealand Cup Week - Canterbury Jockey Club
23 November | Counties Cup Day, Counties Racing Club
14 December | Ascot Park Christmas at the Races - Southland Racing Club
LATE ENTRANT: 14 December | Waikato Cup Day, Waikato Racing Club
** 26 December | Boxing Day Races, Auckland Racing Club (first and second both qualify)
18 January | Wellington Cup Day, Wellington Racing Club
22 Feb | Matamata Breeders Stakes Day, Matamata Racing Club
** 29 February | Fashion Qualifier, Vodafone Derby Day, Auckland Cup Week, Auckland Racing Club (four women will earn last minute, wild card spots)
Check out our fashion section for more information on our own raceday fashion competitions, past winners, pre-qualified contestants and more.
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 2020, 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 Qualifier which is 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 2020'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.
If I'm announced as The Ned Prix de Fashion Supreme Winner, do I have to wear my winning outfit when I then go on to compete in Melbourne? No. You're welcome to of course, but this is not a requirement.
Why can't men enter The Ned Prix de Fashion? We are lucky enough to have Victoria Racing Club on board as one of the competition's major partners and, as part of their prize, the winner gets to fly to Melbourne to compete in the females-only MYER Fashions on the Field competition. All is not lost for the gents however, on the same day of the competition we hold a Menswear Award (a relatively new addition to the line-up) which also has some brilliant prizes up for grabs.
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. Your regional club will also provide you transport and accommodation in Auckland.
I want to have a crack at the Fashion Qualifier 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.