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Cup fashions

Join this Vicfix campaign to sift out the also-rans from historic articles on Melbourne Cup Day fashions

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Cup fashions

Melbourne Cup Day has always been, besides the race that stops the nation, an occasion to get seriously frocked up. Notable trends in Cup fashion include the billowing cloak look of 1908; the slender, draped silhouettes of the '30s; the practical 'utility fashions' of the wartime years; and, always, the millinery – ranging from smartly tailored to lavishly perverse.

Historic newspapers track the evolution of Cup Day trends over the years in their scrutiny of the ensembles of dignitaries and socialites; gossipy reports on the best and worst dressed; and detailed descriptions of every Cup Day's fabrics, colour palettes and capricious weather.

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  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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Correct articles from one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.

The cup day: a sketch on the lawn, wood engraving, published by Hugh George for Wilson and MacKinnon, 29 November 1873

Cup fashions

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