The road to The Ned Prix de Fashion 2023

22 Oct 2022
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Get excited fashionistas! All roads for New Zealand’s fashions in the field competitions lead to the national final – The Ned Prix de Fashion – which is taking place online again in 2023.


The national winner will not only take take home the coveted Supreme Winner title but a $15,000 prize package from The Ned, with other prizes still to be announced.

Today we’ve outlined how the competition works, what events will see their winner automatically qualify for the Regional Final AND answered some FAQs.


How does The Ned Prix de Fashion work?

1. Regional Pre-Qualifier Competitions

What are they?

The Ned Prix de Fashion 2023 kicks off with select fashions in the field competitions held by racing clubs at racedays across the 2022/23 season.

How to enter?

Check in with the racing clubs online (websites and / or social media) to view their competition’s entry details.

Who qualifies and how?

It’s easy! The women announced the winners* of the below Regional Pre-Qualifier Competitions will fast-track themselves for a spot in Semi Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2023 as a ‘Regional Finalist’.

2. Opening Round | **NEW FOR 2023**

What is it?

This phase of the competition is a virtual fashion competition open to those women who did not win a Regional Pre-Qualifier Competition.

It is set to take place some time after the Regional Pre-Qualifier Competitions have concluded in order to allow those entrants who have previously entered such competitions the opportunity to create a new outfit if they so wish.

How to enter

Entrants will be invited to submit up to five images and an optional 15sec video of their chosen look for consideration by our judges.

Who qualifies and how?

The four entrants who score the most points in this phase will qualify as ‘Wildcard Finalists’ and go immediately through to the Semi Final where they will join the Regional Finalists.

3. Semi Final

What is it?

This phase features the Regional Finalists (those winners of the Regional Pre-Qualifier Competitions) as well as the four Wildcard Finalists from the aforementioned Opening Round.

How to enter?

This phase is open to Regional and Wildcard Finalists:

  • The Regional Finalists will be invited to submit up to five images and an optional 15sec video of their chosen look for our judges to consider and score
  • The Wildcard Finalists do not submit a new entry in this round. Rather, their entries from the Opening Round will be what the judges will be considering and scoring.

For the past three seasons, the judges have scored contestants via a points-based system. This will be utilised again in 2023.

Who qualifies and how?

The five Semi Finalists who score the most points in this phase will be announced and sashed as The Ned Prix de Fashion Grand Finalists for 2023.

Note: 2022 saw six Grand Finalists as a result of a points tie.

4. Grand Final

Out of the Grand Finalists, the Supreme Winner – the person with the most points – is announced and takes home the winner-takes-all prize package, the all-important sash and one year’s worth of bragging rights to being the New Zealand’s fashions in the field titleholder for the 2022/23 racing season.

There are no placegetters.


Regional Pre-Qualifying Competitions 2022/23

Be announced the winner* of one of the below competitions and you’ll pre-qualify for the Semi Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2023.

  • 15 October | Livamol Classic Raceday – Hawke’s Bay Racing Club
  • 1 November | Wingatui Melbourne Cup Day – Otago Racing Club
  • 12 November | New Zealand Cup Day, New Zealand Cup Week – Canterbury Jockey Club
  • 19 November | Counties Cup Day – Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Pukekohe Park
  • 10 December | SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup Day – Waikato Racing Club
  • 26 December | Boxing Day Races, Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Pukekohe Park (Two qualifying spots)
  • 28 January | Wellington Cup Day – Wellington Racing Club
  • *LATE ADDITION* 18 February | Invercargill Gold Cup Day – Southland Racing Club
  • 25 Feb | Matamata Breeders Stakes Day – Matamata Racing Club
  • *LATE ADDITION* 4 March | ATR New Zealand Derby Day – Waikato Racing Club
  • THEN The Ned Prix de Fashion kicks off the with Opening Round (open to all women not yet pre-qualified in one of the above competitions)

FAQs

I’ve pre-qualified for the Semi Final, do I have to wear the same outfit I wore when winning my qualifying competition?

The conditions remain the same for 2023’s competition as they always have – winners of the Regional Pre-Qualifying Competitions may, but do not have to, wear the same outfit they wore when winning their local competition.

If you did not win a Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition but instead entered the Opening Round and were announced as a Wildcard Finalist, the entry you submitted for that competition will be what you are judged on in the Semi Final. There is no opportunity for Wildcard Finalists to submit a new outfit for the Semi Final.

How much does it cost to enter The Ned Prix de Fashion?

Nothing! Like all the fashion competitions held by Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, entry into the competition is free for all females aged 18yr+.

I won a Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition. Does that mean I can’t enter another?

No. If you have already won a Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition you can still enter another Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition. However, in the event you are announced the winner of a second Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition, while you will get to take home its listed prizes, the runner-up or second placegetter will instead qualify for a spot in the Semi Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion. (One person can not qualify twice).

The only competition you cannot enter if you have previously won a Regional Pre-Qualifying Competition is the Opening Round which is only open to those women who did not win a Regional Pre-Qualifier Competition.


Please note that the information published on this blog post is a guide only with details regarding club competitions and racedays changing at their discretion. For the most up-to-date information, please check out the competition-specific pages on club websites.

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