WOMEN can expect a crop top crackdown at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Racegoers have been urged to cover their midriffs to enjoy the race that stops the nation, with fashion police patrolling Flemington racecourse to stop women with exposed stomachs entering vast sections of the track.
Women entering general admission areas will be able to flash their flesh in midriff-exposing crop tops.
But members and their guests trying to enter the Members’ Grandstand and enclosure, VIP Birdcage and popular carpark picnic precincts, such as The Nursery, will be subject to a belly top ban and turned away.
Victoria Racing Club acting club services general manager Penny Tripp said it was about keeping the races classy, in line with strict members’ dress regulations, which the majority of racegoers supported.
“While cropped tops are in fashion this season they do not meet Members’ Enclosure regulations,’’ she said.
“Our members understand and support our dress regulations but, with the Melbourne Cup Carnival approaching, it is timely to remind members’ guests of requirements before they get to Flemington.’’
Designers, many from the stable of VRC’s fashion sponsor, Myer, including Jayson Brunsdon and Yeojin Bae, have opted to incorporate flesh-flashing silhouettes and styles into their spring collections.
Derby Day, Oaks Day, the Melbourne Cup and Emirates Stakes are among the most popular days of the year to dress up for a trip to the races. Bec Hewitt drew gasps from the Flemington crowd in 2006 when she dared bare her midriff in the Birdcage.
But, despite midriff revealing dresses and cheeky cut-outs dominating spring racing runways, Ms Tripp said racing purists would be pleased to learn the trend will not translate trackside.
“Our research shows that 70 per cent of VRC members support the current members’ dress regulations,’’ she said.
“General admission racegoers do not have to adhere to the Members’ Enclosure dress regulations.”
Crowds of more than 100,000 have flocked to Flemington for Melbourne Cup Day in the past three years, with 349,452 attending the four- day carnival last year.
- From: Herald Sun
- October 14, 2014