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(generated from captions) talking with us. Thank you very

talking with us. Thank you very much for having me. There are some followers of the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne

who see the actual racing as secondary to the main event. For them the emphasis is on carnival, and the epitome of the carnival is fashion. For the fashionista, the lead-up to the big race days is a gruelling round of parades and shows in search of that special look. It's no less arduous for those putting on the shows, where form on the catwalk is every bit as important as it is on the track, as Heather Ewart found.

Put your hand together. I think

Put your hand together. I think the models have done a sterling job

models have done a sterling job just showing you the collection right

here at your Colin's Place. Go

here at your Colin's Place. Go with the music. Go.

Get off. It's the time of year in

Melbourne for fashion designers and

milliners to sell their wares. In

the two-month lead-up to the Spring

Racing Carnival there have been

fashion parades galore and many of

them carry the stamp from head to

toe of just one man. I'm them carry the stamp from head to toe of just one man. I'm talking.

Chris Horne. I'm talking! Do you

think the audience has any idea

whatsoever of how much work goes

into all this? Nun whatsoever,

absolutely not. They just want to

see the perfect, the look, the

see the perfect, the look, the style and of course the image that's

portrayed but they certainly don't

think about what's going on at the back. The

think about what's going on at the back. The dresses, the models,

obviously the crew that's all

running around everywhere. Well

done, is it all hung beautifully?

It looks like the glamour job and

he's an old hand at it. In fashion

jargon it's called "putting the

story together for the parade.

story together for the parade. " That means choosing models,

That means choosing models, matching clothes, shoes, hats, bags make-up

clothes, shoes, hats, bags make-up - the list goes on.

clothes, shoes, hats, bags make-up - the list goes on. What do you want?

Girls in bikinis. After several

Girls in bikinis. After several days and nights of tagging along with

Chris Horne for these shows, we

think the more accurate job

description is very hard yakka. Do

you have to take care it seems of

every last detail? Yes,. For these

shows. I'm manic about these sorts of things. From top

shows. I'm manic about these sorts of things. From top to toe. When

of things. From top to toe. When I book the models I say it has to be

the red lipstick and red toenails

the red lipstick and red toenails if it's spring to summer. Once he's

scored an event to coordinate, the

starting.is right here. On this

starting.is right here. On this day he's planning for a big parade at

Flemington. He's a tough judge.

Walk from the door and walk

Walk from the door and walk straight back to me and walk into two half

turns. Models not only have to walk

the right way and agree to red lips and

the right way and agree to red lips and nails, they must also have a

certain facing carnival look about

them. It's carnival time after all

and we've seen too many stern-faced

models. It has to be, "Here wrm,

I'm feeling great, looking good.

Hope I've got the winnings and the

best tickets is and loving the

clothes I'm wearing. " They've got

to have happy faces? Happy faces. It's

to have happy faces? Happy faces. It's a happy time. Handbags are

It's a happy time. Handbags are next on the agenda. For the record,

on the agenda. For the record, less black and more colour is in this

season. Back at the studio, the

clothes and hats have just arrived

and so has the make-up artist.

Ta da! It's a great Flemington

piece. The much-loved reds are on

full display and decided upon. Yum.

full display and decided upon. Yum. Love it. The next morning

Yum. Love it. The next morning when the rest of us might be thinking

about breakfast, Chris Horne and

about breakfast, Chris Horne and his team are on their way out to

Flemington. Only another 68 bags to

go. There's just five hours left

till the parade begins and much

till the parade begins and much work to be done. After nearly 40 years

in the industry, Chris Horne leaves

nothing to chance. Even the in the industry, Chris Horne leaves nothing to chance. Even the

nothing to chance. Even the weather becomes a factor. Do you think it's

going to rain? Rain on my parade.

Once there, just the odd mini

disaster to deal with. Push.

disaster to deal with. Push. Always good in a suit, isn't it? Final

checks of his music selections and

chogiography are done. Walk on by.

And there are final rehearsals for

his models. By now, we've learned they're known as

his models. By now, we've learned they're known as "the gang". Many

have worked with him for years.

Chris Horne is fiercely loyal to

them, and protective. Very much so,

yeah. I probably know the models

better than a lot of their husbands

do, because we're together all the

time. They, in turn, know him well

enough he says, to ape a disability

he's been inflicted with since a

he's been inflicted with since a beesting paralysed his left side

since he was 2 years old. He's

walked with a limp ever since.

That's so long ago, and it's not a

handicap. Even though people when

we're doing the rehearsals I watch

them - the third eye at the back.

In what can be a cut-throat

In what can be a cut-throat industry Chris Horne is regarded as a

gentleman of the old school.

gentleman of the old school. Before every show he urgency his models to

be kind to one another. Listening, every show he urgency his models to be kind to one another. Listening,

listening to me. Right. Fast show

is a good show, a happy show is

is a good show, a happy show is even better. So do the whole bit and

away it all comes together. If

away it all comes together. If I've told you once, I've told you is,000

times. The gang are clearly fans of

this stickler for detail who also

likes to have fun. Well, he's

wonderful to work for. I've been

working with Chris for about 16 years.

working with Chris for about 16 years. He's very precise and he is

tough, but he always puts on a very

classy show. Is he bossy? He is

bossy. But in a lovely way. Loves

red, everything's got to be red.

Red toes have a look at the toes.

Melon. Red fingers and red lips.

We'd like Chris to sort of change.

We'd like to go a bit natural, but

he loves the red. And

We'd like to go a bit natural, but he loves the red. And yes, he

he loves the red. And yes, he always makes sure of the reds before the

gang hits the catwalk. Reds. Reds.

The parade at Flemington is a big

hit. Chris Horne and his models

hit. Chris Horne and his models get great feedback and that means

great feedback and that means plenty of sales for the client. That's the

nicest part when people come up and

say, "I want that outfit and can I have a look at it. say, "I want that outfit and can I have a look at it. " That's the

best bit. Is it a relief when it's

all over? Oh yes, see. Cheers.

When the parade goers hit the track

in their new outfits for Derby Day

and the Melbourne Cup, Chris Horne

won't be there. By then he's

exhausted and prefers to watch it

all at home on TV with friends and

all at home on TV with friends and a good bottle or two. And when all at home on TV with friends and a good bottle or two. And when

good bottle or two. And when you're watching it do you think, "Oh my

God, what's she wearing?"

God, what's she wearing?" Absolutely. "Where did she come

from?" Never fear, he'll be back