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DRESSED to the nines with a bold fascinator and customised dress, it’s no surprise Jolene Sturgess was crowned the Fashion of the Field winner at the Gladstone Cup on Saturday.
Her vintage-inspired attire blew the judges away but the Rockhampton mother-of-one said she never planned on winning.
Mrs Sturgess’s 50s-inspired mustard dress was paired with large yellow millinery, yellow gloves and black accessories.
“My husband and I were in Gladstone on a weekend away, child-free from our 18-month-old daughter Lucia, we thought why not get dolled up and enjoy ourselves,” Mrs Sturgess said.
“Originally it wasn’t really wasn’t about fashions, it was about having a great day and we did.
“I had the dress from last year and because it was a snap decision to go to the races I pulled it back out of the closet.
“I never really get the opportunity to dress up as a mum and I’ve never been to the Gladstone Cup.”
Mrs Sturgess, a dental technician, said an old friend helped her sew the dress.
“My friend Jan is a retired seamstress and she did a wonderful job,” she said.
“I picked the colours and she showed me how to put it together.
“It was hard finding the right tones of yellows to tie it all together because of the black mesh on the yellow mustard dress.”
GLAMOUR: Jolene Sturgess, who was dubbed the best dressed at the Gladstone Cup, was among the 2000 people who packed Ferguson Park for one of the region’s biggest race meets of the year.
CUP COMBO: Winner Jolene Sturgess at the Gladstone Cup at Ferguson Park.