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17 Wild Red Carpet Outfits That Could Only Fly At The Brownlow Medal

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The Brownlow Medal – the Oscars of Aussie Rules – is upon us again. And boy oh boy it is a night full of fun and frivolity.


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As displayed here back in 2009 by former Carlton player and The Footy Show’s short-lived “Street Talk” host Brendan Fevola.

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As well as many “yeah the boys” memes, the Brownlow also never fails to deliver iconic style moments.

Like a more sober and follicley-blessed Fev and his wife Alex in 2006.


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Like a more sober and follicley-blessed Fev and his wife Alex in 2006.

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It’s also a safe space for shiny suits and boy band hair.

As worn by former Hawthorn star Shane Crawford back in '04.


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As worn by former Hawthorn star Shane Crawford back in ’04.

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Black eyes are a common accessory.


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As are baby bumps.


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Hamming it up for the cameras after pre-drinks is a pre-requisite.

Fun fact: Former winner Jason Akermanis went on to have a mildly successful TV career after he retired.


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Fun fact: Former winner Jason Akermanis went on to have a mildly successful TV career after he retired.

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The Brownlow guest list is also pretty great.

Like that time Big Brother star Fitzy, who is also a former player, and former Neighbours actor Stephanie McIntosh (who was dating St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt at the time), went along in 2004.


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Like that time Big Brother star Fitzy, who is also a former player, and former Neighbours actor Stephanie McIntosh (who was dating St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt at the time), went along in 2004.

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But it’s the dresses we all tune in for. Some have gone on to become Aussie folklore. Like this creation worn by Tania Buckley, wife of Collingwood coach Nathan, in 2001.

Her glittering g-string ensemble was later reincarnated for the Kath & Kim opening credits.

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In 2002 Sarita Stella, wife of Collingwood player Brodie Holland, agreed to go as an actual Sherrin footy and wore this leather dress with matching bag.

It's important to keep in mind here these were the days before every WAG had a stylist on speed dial.


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It’s important to keep in mind here these were the days before every WAG had a stylist on speed dial.

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But it was Rebecca Judd who turned the Brownlow into a Big Deal™️ when she attended the 2004 count with Chris Judd in this $2000 dress by Perth designer Ruth Tarvydas.


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Juddy, who was playing for the West Coast Eagles at the time, won the best and fairest that year and the couple became an overnight sensation. The dress later sold at auction for about $23,000 and Bec has gone on to become one of the biggest influencers in the country.

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An American named Brynne Gordon, then partner of former Carlton benefactor Dr Geoffrey Edelsten, made her debut a few years later with a number of eye-catching choices.


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She was the Queen of the Brownlow Big Mood and I miss her…daily.

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Geoffrey then brought along his new girlfriend in 2014, another American called Gabi Greko, who made this look herself.


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A design she called “sexually empowered and tough”.

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The count itself takes hours – like almost five – which means you have to dress for comfort. Clementine McVeigh, wife of Sydney Swans great Jarrad, did not get that memo in 2015 and “couldn’t breathe”.


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She did make all of the best dressed lists though, thanks to this exquisite Monique Lhuillier gown.

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In 2016 Annie Nolan, partner of Western Bulldogs player Liam Picken, broke with convention and wore a suit which served as a big “fuck you” to the haters.


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Fashion is a visual expression of how you feel. And I feel the red carpet has been biased and cruel to women in the past.#bullyfreebrownlow https://t.co/TKxuvHV1pS

08:42 AM – 26 Sep 2016

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Drama still happens, though thankfully only via the clothes. Like Ana Calle, partner of Josh Kennedy of the Swans, showed in 2017.


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While the dress code is strictly black tie, some women like Jordan Ablett, wife of Geelong star Gary, prefer fancy dress and nail it every time.


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But dresses and drunk blokes aside, the Brownlow is really just a great way for the partners of players to show some public support for their loved ones.

Like wife of Crows legend Andrew McLeod, Rachel, did in 2006 when she had his number bedazzled for the big night.


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Like wife of Crows legend Andrew McLeod, Rachel, did in 2006 when she had his number bedazzled for the big night.

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It’s also reminds us that love isn’t dead, like last year when AFLW marquee player Mo Hope arrived with her partner Isabella Carlstorm.

The couple chose the Brownlow to debut their new relationship and I still cannot even deal with this level of lovely.


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The couple chose the Brownlow to debut their new relationship and I still cannot even deal with this level of lovely.

Bring on another great night!

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