Kim Withers will compete at Oaks Day's invitation only Myer Fashions on the Field Millinery Award and attend a reception hosted by the Victorian Governor at Government House to celebrate 150 years of the Victorian Racing Club on Monday November 3. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Kim Withers will compete at Oaks Day's invitation only Myer Fashions on the Field Millinery Award and attend a reception hosted by the Victorian Governor at Government House to celebrate 150 years of the Victorian Racing Club on Monday November 3. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Kim’s hat set for Myer Fashions on the Field Millinery Award

WHEN Kim Withers went to a millinery workshop a few years ago, she didn't expect the craft would become part of her daily life.

Tied up in facts and figures as an accountant by day, Kim spends her spare time cultivating her new millinery business Art of the Hat.

On Thursday, Kim will throw her hat in the ring at Oaks Day's invitation only Myer Fashions on the Field Millinery Award.

In the lead-up to the competition and the race that stops a nation, Kim last night attended a reception hosted by the Victorian Governor at Government House to celebrate 150 years of the Victorian Racing Club.

Not being a member of the Millinery Association of Australia, Kim said she had to go through a strict selection process to enter the competition.

Just making it into a competition with some of Australia's best milliners was something Kim felt was "fantastic", regardless of whether she makes it through to the next round.

When she went to her first millinery class at the Rockhampton Art Gallery, Kim said she found the perfect way to combine artistic side and love of fashion.

In her fledgling business Kim works with clients to put together their entire outfits.

During racing season, Kim said she almost lived in her garage stitching for a few hours before work and late into the night to create the perfect piece.

Kim said a head piece could take between three and six hours to make, but so far she's put in more than 30 hours on her Oaks Day competition piece.

Incorporating copper and Perspex, Kim said every component of the piece was handmade from raw materials.

Style it right

Kim's top tips for creating the perfect Melbourne Cup look

The hat or headpiece should complement the whole outfit, reflecting a particular colour or texture.

Choose bright colours for Melbourne Cup. This season white, red, pale green and purple are on trend.

When deciding whether to wear a hat or fascinator, choose the headpiece you feel most comfortable in.



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