ON TREND: Kingaroy milliner Verelle O'Shanesy at the Kumbia Races.
ON TREND: Kingaroy milliner Verelle O'Shanesy at the Kumbia Races. Jessica McGrath

Country milliner measures up race day trends

FROCKS and headwear featured at the Melbourne Cup fashions on the field will be setting the trend for future race meets around the country.

This is according to Verelle O'Shanesy, whose unique hat caught the eye of Kumbia Cup fashions on the field judges, on the same day as the Melbourne Cup.

The Kingaroy milliner was awarded runners up in the classic lady fashions on the field competition at the Kumbia Races on November 6.

"The colours and styles in clothing and headwear is pretty much a bit of an indication of what's going to be happening," she said.

Fashion fanatics watched the Melbourne Cup fashions on the field judging closely to see which trends would come out of the big race meet.

"Avid fashions on the field followers certainly look at what the girls are wearing down there and I do think that sets the trends for the future," Ms O'Shanesy said.

"Racing and fashion have become really popular, there are lots of women doing fashions on the field in the countryside."

The owner of Verelle O'Shanesy Millinery had designed and made her own hat for the Kumbia race meet, taking note of current trends.

"This piece is a bit of a take on a boater and wide brim, that sort of fits the theme of the time, and the ties down the side are very on trend at the moment," she said.

She creates hats for clients all over Australia from the country town of Kingaroy.

"Thankfully we have social media, in the past I don't think it would've been as easy for a country milliner," she said.

Clients send in photographs of their outfit and Ms O'Shanesy will talk through what type of headwear they are interested in.

"We discuss the colours, the styles, the fabrics, what's on trend, what I think will suit the client, and they are usually very appreciative because they like that little bit of input from the milliner," she said.

Hats often take her two full days to make in the Kingaroy studio, with many elements hand-stitched and each hat hand blocked.

"It's a massive process, it takes a long time, that's why its all unique," Ms O'Shanesy said.