Hobby proves a winner
A few friends pushing Rebecca Scott five years ago has led to her designs heading overseas.
But Ms Scott said she was far from the next Collette Dinnigan, keeping her fashion work as a hobby.
‘‘I’ve got a little business doing millinery, making dresses and fascinators,’’ she said.
‘‘It was about five years ago, my friends told me to enter a best-dressed competition at the races and I got a bit addicted.
‘‘And so, it became a bit of a part-time business. I’d finish my nine to five (job) and it was a way to unwind.’’
While her designs are known locally, have won a swag of best-dressed awards, it is also how she met her partner.
‘‘It was four years ago, he and I both won best-dressed, and afterwards we got talking,’’ she said. And, as they say, the rest is history. Ms Scott’s bright and bold designs continue to wow judges with her most recent win being lady of the day at the Jerilderie races (pictured).
‘‘All of my designs are a bit out there and coming into spring it’s all about florals. The only exception is derby day,’’ she said.
‘‘We (she and friends) go down to Melbourne for that — but for the rest of the racing season we go to the country races , usually with only a day’s notice.’’
That day’s notice can make it difficult, especially when people come knocking for a last-minute frock.
‘‘A lot of my friends come asking to borrow items but they leave it to the last minute. Mum’s probably the worst for that,’’ Ms Scott said.
‘‘But it (the business) has been really good. I’ve seen a few of my designs go to Royal Ascot, which is just amazing. It’s good to see those head over.’’
With the spring racing season approaching, Ms Scott offered a piece of advice for the catwalk.
‘‘You’ve just got to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing — obviously you can’t wear trackies out to the races. But find something that makes you feel comfortable,’’ she said.
Great outfit: Rebecca Scott won lady of the day at the Jerilderie races.