Fashion in the Field

Sun 27 Mar 2022 - Thu 31 Mar 2022
9.00am - Midnight
Trentham Racecourse Trentham, Upper Hutt 5018, Wellington
Entry Fee : $0


Fashion in the Field


Take Centre Stage of the Carnival

Incredible colour, creativity and class graces the iconic catwalk of Gazley Mercedes-Benz Fashion in the Field supported by Rydges Wellington.
Four distinct categories brings an array of style to compete for the Supreme title of 2022.

This year the competition will be virtual due to change in COVID-19 Protection Framework before NZCIS Wellington Cup Day in January.

To enter, contestants are to submit up to 5 photos and a short video for the panel to judge and score. 

Mercedes-Benz Wellington

Four distinct categories

Classic Lady of The Carnival
Raceday fashion in its purest sense brings an absolute decadence to the occasion and pays respect to the traditional aspects of fashion in racing. Absolute dignity, poise and headwear is a must in this highly regarded category.
Contemporary Lady of the Carnival
This playful and avant-garde category showcases the colour and fun with a slight push to the boundaries of traditional racewear. Style and originality are taken into high regard.
Gentleman of the Carnival
Growing in style, prestige and popularity and a clever use of colour and textiles. A high attention to accessory detailing has created a highly contested category. 
Maiden of the Carnival
Setting the stage for emerging stars to shine. For ladies and gents that have never won a Fashion in the Field category*


The winner of each category will receive:

  • A gift from Gazley-Mercedes Benz Wellington
  • Two nights at Rydges Wellington including a buffet breakfast
  • Day Spa Package from Liberté Salon and Spa
  • Gift from LÓreal
  • A $100 Prezzy Card from Henkell

Highly commended in each category will receive a gift from Mercedes-Benz Wellington

Overall Monika Neuhauser Millinery Award

  • A voucher from Monika Neuhauser Millinery
  • A gift from Gazley-Mercedes Benz Wellington

Overall Wellington Racing Club People's Choice Award will receive:

  • A table for 4 in the Desert Gold Restaurant at Wellington Steeplechase Day, Saturday 16th July, 2022

The major prize for the Supreme winner 2022:

  • Take a luxury weekend escape in a Mercedes-Benz from Mercedes-Benz Wellington
  • A years fresh flower subscription from Henkell
  • Two nights at Rydges Wellington inc buffet breakfast
  • Day Spa Package from Liberté Salon and Spa
  • Gift from LÓreal
  • Entry into the virtual competition for Prix de Fashion Finals at Ellerslie 


The Panel

Claire Hahn
Master of Ceremonies
Former winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion | Award winning Milliner | Trusted racewear aficionado and trend forecaster
Stephanie Murray
Wellington Racing Club Fashion Ambassador | Multi national Fashion in the Field Award Winner | Inspiration for Racewear Trends
Lou Heller
Fashion Stylist | Writer | Style Commentator
Carl Manderson
Miss Universe NZ Judge | Winner NZ’s Hairdresser of the Year and NZ’s Spa of the Year | Owner of Liberté Salon and Spa

Judging Criteria

Entry into the competition is free*

  • All entries to be submitted online as this is a virtual competition 

  • Entrants to complete the registration form and submit up to 5 photos. Entrants may include a short video

  • Anyone can enter their appropriate category

  • All entrants must be 18 years or over

  • Complete the entry below 

  • Terms and conditions apply* 

Competition Times

  • Registration and competition entry opens Monday 7th and closes strictly Midnight Sunday 27th March

  • Judging will commence Monday 28th March with the winners announced Thursday 31st March 


This is a virtual competition


To enter Gazley Mercedes-Benz Fashion in the Field supported by Rydges Wellington please complete the registration form and then submit up to 5 photos (mandatory) and 1 short video (optional) via email. Entrants must complete both steps to be eligible for judging. Entries close strictly at Midnight Sunday 27th March.


Conditions of Entry


Information on how to enter and other details form part of these terms & conditions. To the extent of any inconsistency in the information on how to enter and any other details and instructions, these terms & conditions prevail.

  • Entry into the competition is free

  • Entrants must fulfil the following criteria and acknowledge that they understand and agree to abide by the criteria as they register in order to be granted entry into Fashion in the Field  

  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or more

  • Entry can be completed online up until Midnight Sunday 27th March 2022

  • Wellington Racing Club (WRC) reserves the right to ask for proof of age

  • Entrants must not be an employee or immediate family member of a WRC employee or representative or any sponsor associated with the Gazley Mercedes-Benz Fashion in the Field supported by Rydges Wellington

  • Entrants must not receive any compensation from a third party for entering this competition

  • Entrants and/or their outfits may only enter the competition in a private capacity and are not permitted to have any commercial agenda in entering the competition.  Any contestant found entering on behalf of a third party or in a commercial capacity will be immediately disqualified from the competition and forfeit their right to any prizes

  • *For the purpose of this competition and to be eligible for the prize package, contestants entering in Maiden of the Carnival must not have previously received first place in a Fashion in the Field category to date at Wellington Cup or any other race meeting in Australasia

  • All photographs of entrants and winners become the property of WRC and may be used for future advertising and publicity purposes

  • Entry into the competition is deemed as consent by the winners to appear in a reasonable amount of advertising and publicity throughout the competition term and beyond

  • Entry into the competition is deemed consent to a People’s Choice Award being undertaken and voted via followers on social media, and any video or photographic images of the participants may be utilised by the club online

  • The Supreme Winner will be available for entry to the virtual National final held at Ellerslie Racecourse in 2022

  • Entrants will be permitted to enter one category only. 

  • All entrants must provide a detailed summary of their outfit on parade 

  • Entrants must fill out the online entry form to competition to be a valid entry. No late entries will be accepted. Failure to provide accurate and correct details may result in disqualification from the competition

  • Entrants may submit up to five (5) images and one (1) 15 second video. Any additional imagery received will not be viewed. One image must be a full length shot and another must be of the contestant’s chosen detail(s)

  • Submitted images should be high resolution

  • Submitted images and videos are not permitted to have been modified / photoshopped in any forms so as to have any effect in any way on the submitted outfit including shoes, accessories and headpiece

  • Entrants may engage the services of a professional photographer should they wish, but also this is in no way mandatory, and photos taken on smart phones or similar devices will also be accepted

  • Imagery may be taken at any location and against any non-branded backdrop

  • By entering this competition, you are consenting to receive further information from WRC and the competition sponsors as listed below in the prize section

  • The entrant agrees to uphold the integrity of the event and act in good faith at all times when referencing any aspect of WRC in relation of Gazley Mercedes-Benz Fashion in the Field supported by Rydges Wellington

  • By participating, entrants agree to be bound by, and will abide by, these terms & conditions


  • The Supreme Winner will be available for entry to the National final held at Ellerslie Racecourse in March 2022

    • The Supreme Winner can, at their discretion, choose to submit another outfit – and not that which won them this competition – as part of their entry into the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022

  • The wearers of the original outfits are deemed the prize-winners and prizes are not transferable into anyone else’s name

  • The winners may be required for promotional purposes for up to 12 months after the event

  • Winners of WRC fashion competitions will be required to participate in PR and media activity. Upon accepting the terms and Conditions, winners agree to represent WRC and sponsors in a positive manner when conducting PR and media across a 12-month period from the date of the competition. This includes, but is not limited to, television, radio, print and social media

  • Judge’s decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered into


Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. In the event that a prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond WRC’s control, WRC may, at its discretion choose to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes are to be collected from WRC at the responsibility of the winner

  • The prize pool is listed on wellingtonracing.co.nz

  • All voucher prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the company the voucher is issued for

  • Subject to any applicable law which cannot be excluded, the Promoter and any other person or party associated with the promotion shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered or sustained (including but limited to direct or consequential loss or loss arising from negligence) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connections with the promotion or any prize

  • If the prize involves a winner attending an event, if any part of the event is abandoned, called off, varied or postponed for any reason (including due to the COVID-19 pandemic), then at WRC’s discretion, the relevant winner (and their companion(s), if applicable) forfeits all rights to attend the relevant event and no cash or alternative tickets will be substituted for that element of the prize. If the event is varied or postponed, WRC where reasonable, will try to vary arrangements to allow the winner (and their companion(s)) to attend the varied or postponed event

The Promoter is Wellington Racing Club Incorporated, 10 Racecourse Road, Trentham, Wellington