Grandma's hand-made dress wins
AMY Robson wasn't even planning to go to the Ipswich Cup.
But a last minute decision to go - in a dress made by her grandmother - saw her take out The Queensland Times ladies Fashions on the Field, winning $1000.
"I only decided to come at 9pm on Friday night," she said.
"I wasn't planning on coming at all, but I'm glad I did now!"
The Chermside resident said the wool and lace dress with a fur shawl had been made by her grandmother Sandra Robson, who was at the races with her.
"My grandma made all of this. She's just wonderful, and she's so great at it too," she said.
Ms Robson beat out more than 40 other women in a hotly contested competition.
Men's winner Bryce Edwards sweltered his way to the top spot wearing a three-piece suit, scarf and gloves.
"It was very hot," he said. "I can't wait to get out of the suit.
"But it's all been worth it to win. I really can't believe that I have."
Mr Edwards, from Summerholm, said his outfit was a range of newly-bought clothes after he lost more than 50 kilograms.
The couples winners Troy and Stephanie Martin stood out, with lime green featuring in their ensembles.
Mr Martin, wearing a distinctive lime green beret, also managed to impress on his own and took a place in the men's Fashions on the Field.
He said while he had already owned the suit, the winning touches on the outfit had been put together by his wife.
Mrs Martin said she had found the hat hidden away in the back of a department store.
"I managed to find it behind a bunch of other hats at Myer, and I needed something green for him to match my dress and it was just perfect," she said.
"Troy already had the suit so I just put the hat with it so he matched what I was wearing.
"We enter the Fashions on the Field a bit when we go to the races, so it's just such a thrill to win."
The competition featured classic winter racing styles mixed with bright colours in the men's competition, while furs and hats were the winning styles for women.
The event was compered by Channel 7 presenters Kimberley Busteed and Chris Parsons, who presented the best dressed patrons with their winnings.
- The winners of the 2012 Queensland Times Fashions on the Field:
- Ladies - Amy Robson
- Men - Bryce Edwards
- Couples - Troy and Stephanie Martin