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With mask-to-match: racing businesses try to stay on-track as fans away from it

Dress, hat, shoes, bag and, this year, a face mask to match. Welcome to the coronavirus spring racing carnival.

This is normally a busy time of the year for fashion designers but, like so many other industries, social restrictions have had a crippling effect. In a normal year two million people would attend the track over the spring carnival, this year the industry is expecting, at best, a smattering of industry insiders and course members.

Designer Julia Torrance Hemingway (right) hopes this year's racing carnival will still see people dressing up including in matching masks.

Designer Julia Torrance Hemingway (right) hopes this year’s racing carnival will still see people dressing up including in matching masks.Credit:Justin McManus

But there is room for innovation and a little hope too that some racing enthusiasts will still want to celebrate the season when the carnival gets going in earnest at Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.

“People are desperate to get dressed up and socialise again, after six months of living in activewear, we’re hoping people celebrate spring racing at home or in a park, now that we can have a small gathering,” says designer Julia Torrance Hemingway, who added that this year’s collection comes with a twist on the lockdown look.

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