Richmond Mall Fashion in the Field winner Angela Miller, left, and runner-up Ange Leonard, left, and third placed Hannah Korner with Clerk of the Course Kathy Peter at the Nelson Harness Racing Club's meeting at Richmond Park on Sunday.

Home-made outfit wins Fashion in the Field

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Nelson’s Angela Miller could well be considering changing her career from graphic designer to fashion designer, after winning the Richmond Mall Fashion in the Field at the Nelson Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Richmond Park on Sunday.

Angela won the popular contest ahead of runner-up Ange Leonard and third-placed Hannah Korner and 40 other ladies, who added plenty of style and colour to Nelson’s biggest race day of the year.

And she did it on a modest budget, making her black straw hat and black skirt herself and purchasing her hounds tooth-patterned top from Farmers to create a timeless “vintage look” that impressed all the judges.

It was the second time Angela has won the contest after taking the crown in 2014. She also completed a double for the meeting after winning the Best Hat contest on the first day on Friday, again with one of her own creations.

“I like to dress up, but I don’t like to spend heaps of money on it so I make all this myself,” Angela says.

“It took me about a week to make the two hats and I made the skirt as well, but the top is from Farmers.”

Head judge Leonie Trathen says the contestants dressed in a mixture of vintage and bright summery styles this year and “did really well with their hats and fascinators”.

She says the judges, including Black Sticks captain Anita Punt, had a difficult job selecting the winners from 43 very stylishly-dressed ladies.

“It was a very close call but we thought Angela’s classic vintage look was amazing,” Leonie says. “She did very well making a lot of it herself, too.”

Canterbury visitor Bruce Gasson was judged the best-dressed man with Nelson’s Samuel Woodward second in the field of 12.

“The men really out did themselves today,” Leonie says. “There were only 12 of them but they were all amazing.”

Nelson’s Chey Habib, eight, Tiana Simpson, nine, won the best dressed boy and girl contests, although Chey admitted he had a little help from his mum Shelley selecting his outfit that included his dad’s tie. Tiana wore a white dress and hat.