A remote Cattle Station in the Gulf Of Carpentaria is an unlikely place to forge a millinery career but that’s exactly where North Star born and bred Sophie Allport began to master her craft.
What began as a hobby to keep her creative interests engaged while in the middle of nowhere has evolved into a nationally sort after millinery brand.
A highlight for the growing racewear brand has been multiple customers making it to the top ten on Oaks Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, in what Sophie refers to as the “Olympics for millinery and fashion”.
“One of my customers has won a car wearing a hat of mine, that’s kind of cool,” she says.
While Flemington with its roses and thousands of buzzing punters captures her attention and Randwick has the Heritage and bloodline to boot Goondiwindi Picnic Races remains one of Sophie’s favourites.
“I have to point out that neither of these has a red carpet catwalk like Gundy, or the smiles when you are greeted by a friendly, familiar face at the bar. Or getting your shoes dirty in the beer and champagne muddied dance floor.”
“ All country Race meets have that same atmosphere but Gundy will always feel like home.”
What does Sophie look for in a winning Fashion On The Field look?
“What I look for in a great look is always a look that is classic and polished with a nod to current trends. You have to look like you put some thought into it.
“This is the one time you can really wear that suit or those fabulous heels you have stashed away in your cupboard that have been waiting for a day out. “
“I love to see how a person has used their clothing as an extension of their personality and I love to see how this translates on the runway…I have been mooned by a Scottish a guy in a kilt once on the runway… Maybe don’t go that far.”
“Being a milliner I am always looking for headwear. A sentence isn’t finished without a full stop, why should your outfit be any different?”