Watching the hordes of celebrities, influencers and regular folk take to the races in these ridiculous outfits, it made me think about the outlandish style of gowns our favourites love to wear.
It's a very distinct look dominated by voluptuous silhouettes, asymmetrical shapes, buoyant gowns, detailed bodices or even a mixture of textures and techniques. But it isn't only at the July that this type of fashion is dominant. It can be seen on just about every red carpet in the country, from brunch tea parties to sneaker launches. They are sometimes out of place, but to the wearer they always have a place, even at the July.
Since 648 BC, Greeks in their robes took to the stadiums for a day at the races. While these might seem like regular robes to the average Joe, each style had an important role to play. The manner in which a chiton or himation was worn could set apart gender identity, while ornate accessories such as diadems or the quality of fabric were an indicator of status.