Julie Short from Beverley is officially the best dressed lady racegoer in Yorkshire for 2014.
She landed the coveted title at a glittering final at Doncaster, which brought together all nine winners of the individual best dressed lady competitions held at the county’s racecourses throughout the summer.
Her outfit comprised of an elegant monochrome pencil dress with a peplum, finished off with black guipure lace trim, which Julie designed and made herself. She also wore a matching jacket, perfect for the autumnal weather conditions.
Julie, who runs her own fascinator business, Divine Fascination, also created the striking head piece which completed the winning look. Accessories included hand-made lace gloves, along with shoes and hand bag from Dorothy Perkins.
Reacting to her success, Julie said: ‘I am totally overwhelmed and in utter shock. Things like this just do not happen to me. The outfits I design are very personal, so it is both humbling and flattering when other people also like what I have created. I can’t thank the judges enough for choosing me. What a day!’
Head judge Helen McIlroy from the Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster said: ‘In truth any one of the ladies would have been a very worthy winner. However we felt that Julie’s entire outfit was so beautifully coordinated and showed exceptional attention to detail. Also, the monochrome look is very much of the moment.’
Julie received a luxury two night break in a Spa Suite with treatments included at the Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster, a £500 fashion voucher for Yasmine of Bawtry and Epworth and a fabulously stylish art deco diamond ring valued at £2,500, courtesy of loveVintageDiamonds.com.
She will also be the face of Go Racing in Yorkshire for 2015, which promotes racing at the county’s nine racecourses.
John Sexton, Chairman of Go Racing in Yorkshire, who hosted a VIP box for all the finalists and their guests said: ‘The nine ladies did Yorkshire racing proud. It has brought the curtain down on a wonderful summer of high fashion and great racing action across the county.’