$100k win for vintage lover
A WONGA Beach fashionista has won more than $100,000 in prizes for hitting the racetrack in a horse-printed vintage dress which cost just $18.
Local vintage lover Jaydee Paino, 25, has blown away fashion giants Myer and Vogue after winning Melbourne’s Oaks Day Fashions on the Field last Thursday.
She won the crown of Melbourne’s most stylish on the last day of the spring racing carnival wearing a redesigned $18 dress which she bought online.
Ms Paino won over $100,000 worth of prices including a Lexus sport convertible, a $10,000 home entertainment package, a $5000 Myer gift voucher, $1000 luggage voucher, $500 L’Oreal gift voucher and a $4000 Longines diamond watch.
“I never expected to have won the award,” Jaydee said.
“I love vintage, I always have so it not new to me - I have been collecting vintage clothing for several years and I can barely fit them in my wardrobe.”
Almost 1000 women entered the competition with their best 1950s and ’60s designs inspired by the popular TV show Mad Men, which was requested by Oaks Day at Flemington.
She found the $18 dress online after typing in “horse dress” which soon arrived from Nashville, Tennessee.
“I loved the dress - I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, it’s cute, fun and vintage,” she said.
She and her friend Nigel Vogler redesigned it into a vintage full skirt master piece that has won multiple fashion awards in Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne.
“This wasn’t a beauty competition, it was a chance for women to express themselves through fashion,” Jaydee said.
“I think that horse races have a rich history where women can appear elegant and wellmannered and follow a rich tradition.
“There isn’t a lot of event these days were women can dress up with gloves, a hat and a beautiful vintage dress.”
Judgers on the panel included former supermodel Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May Jagger.
“I hope this experience gives me the chance to go further with vintage clothing. Vintage is a passion of mine, I love collecting it, writing about it and wearing it,” she said.
Ms Paino was born in Wonga Beach and completed her education at the Mossman State High School as vice captain.
Proud father James Brenner is convinced that she has what it takes to go all the way.
“Fashion isn’t her work, it’s her hobby - it’s what she does,” he said.
“I am very happy for her she loves fashion and definitely deserves to win this award.”
Horsing around: Jaydee
Paino shows off her winning dress at VRC
Oaks Day Fashion