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SA takes out Fashions on Field competition

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

Having a milliner as a mum and an eye for elegance has catapulted Courtney Moore into race-fashion history by taking out the national Fashions on the Field competition for South Australia.

The 23-year-old orthotist and prosthetist student was crowned national champion on Oaks Day on Thursday thanks to her a navy blue fitted skirt, white cut out top and matching homemade headpiece.

"I'm very excited, I still don't think it's really sunk in," she told AAP.

Amazingly, her mother Irene found she had a knack for hats and headpieces when she began designing costume headwear for her four daughters to wear during dancing competitions.

Irene was at the point of tears when she heard Courtney's name called.

"I'm speechless at the moment," she told AAP.

"We had no intention of winning when we entered. It's just a dream come true."

Moore drew the design and gave it to her mum to replicate after finding the white top she would eventually wear for the competition.

She knew she was onto a winner thanks to the fashion forward capped sleeves and shapes cut from the fabric.

"When I saw this top I just knew I loved it," she said.

"I just love the geometric style and the capped sleeves."

Moore has been a popular Fashions on the Field competitor for four years and actually won the Derby Day heat in Melbourne in 2015.

Now she walks away with the national title and $83,000 in prizes including a Lexus car.

"I don't actually have central locking and my car is from 1993, the year I was born" she said.

"So this is a massive, huge step up."

Just two weeks away from completing her masters degree, Moore is in good stead to start her career in style.

Victoria's entry came in second with a black and white outfit that included big sunflowers printed on the skirt.

Tasmania's was third, with a blue lace number and gold hat.

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