$100k win for vin­tage lover

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

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.”

Photo by DAVID CAIRD

Hors­ing around: Jaydee

Paino shows off her win­ning dress at VRC

Oaks Day Fashion

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