MONTHS of meticulous planning will come to the fore for thousands of ladies today as the race that stops the nation gets under way.
Ahead of the main Melbourne Cup event at 3pm, all eyes will be on the ladies at Flemington Racecourse as they vie for the Fashions on the Field gong.
Here's a look at the winners from the last 10 years.
2006: Sarah Schofield wore a white and brown dress and a white felt hat she made herself for under $100.
2007: Lorraine Cookson wore a grey velvet fedora, a grey silk and tweed jacket and a beige skirt.
2008: Kirsty MacGillivray wore an all-black outfit from Kirrily Johnston and Alex Perry.
2009: Lizzy Pollard wore a silk dusty pink, cap-sleeved top by Alannah Hill and cream Nicola Finetti pencil skirt.
2010: Jaydee Paino wore an $18 vintage dress purchased online.
2011: Angela Menz wore an outfit created herself by hand-dyeing silk.
2012: Amy Robson wore a dress with beaded peplum designed and made by her grandma.
2013: Chloe Moo wore a hand-printed red, black and white dress designed by her mother.
2014: Brodie Worell wore a white Toni Maticevski dress.
2015: Emily Hunter wore a navy dress lined with pink satin her mum made.