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Fashion "icon" for races

Monday, 1st March, 2010

Fashion designer Peter Morrissey will head the judging panel for this year's Fashions of the Field at the annual St Patrick's Race Meeting.

The world renowned Morrissey started his own label in 1997, a move which cemented his dominance of the Australian industry and enhanced his reputation on the international stage. He has dressed some of the world's biggest stars including Elle McPherson, Nicole Kidman, Helena Christensen, Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell, Megan Gale and Kylie Minogue. Men have not missed out as he also numbers Geoffery Rush, Jon Bon Jovi and Chris Issak amongst those who have come under his fashion influence.

In 2003 Qantas chose Morrissey to design its new staff uniforms worldwide; these were updated once again in 2008, since then other companies have enlisted his services to such an extent that he has now designed uniforms that are worn by 67,000 employees around the World. He has received numerous awards throughout his career including GQ man of the year - designer 2002, FHM designer of the year 2003, 2004 and 2005 and CLEO Maybelline designer of the year in 2004. Co-ordinator of the fashions for St Pats Dana Farcich said the presence of Peter Morrissey was sure to raise the dress standard even higher.

"Every year the quality just gets better and better and I feel with one of the world's leading fashion designers on the judging panel no expense will be spared." There will be several fashion categories: Junior Colleen, Junior Paddy, Miss Teenager, Most Stylish Lady, Colleen of the Course, Paddy of the Course, Millinery Award and the Most Elegant Lady. Ms Farcich said once again the prizes would match the fashions.

"As has happened in other years, local business houses have once again been generous and we will have over $20,000 in prizes for the various sections." Joining with Peter Morrissey as judges will be Sean Simpson and Kellie Barker, who have both worked with him on previous occasions.

The compere will be Andrew "Cosi" Costello from SAFM Radio in Adelaide.

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