First Look: Birdcage 2017

Singing and dancing up a storm aboard a 59-foot luxury yacht in the Mumm Champagne birdcage marquee.

It was glamorous! The media were invited to attend the official unveiling of Flemington’s lavish Birdcage Enclosure yesterday. This iconic precinct is the playground of celebrities and society high-flyers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Invitations are always the hottest tickets in town.

I was there to capture all the fashionable action, let’s take a look at how it all went down…

The gorgeous Taylor Dayne gave us an intimate performance ahead of her Melbourne Cup performance in the Sensis Marquee!
Beetroot crusted lamb in the Sensis marquee.
Ruby Bellinger with her snake in the Kennedy marquee.
Raspberry jelly with spiced crumb, passionfruit glaze and coconut foam in the Kennedy marquee.
Model Shanina Shaik welcomes guests to the Mumm yacht.
Dry ice cocktails in the Mumm Champagne marquee.
Gorgeous actress Zoe Ventoura in the Neale Whittaker-designed Lavazza marquee.
Red velvet ice cream with sugar rock salt & Lavazza Espresso lolly pop with dark chocolate. In the Lavazza Marque.
Ready for race day! Neale Whitaker in the Lexus marquee.
Dessert bar by Caroline Khoo in the Lexus marquee.
Inside the Emirates marquee as the airline brings to life its signature First Class and Business Class luxury experience.
The lavish detail in the One Oliver Street marquee.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday 4 November with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, and continues with Emirates Melbourne Cup Day onTuesday 7 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 9 November and concludes with Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday 11 November.

Tickets are available for purchase from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or buy online from

Imagery: Craig Lawson/Mr Fashion Man

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