It’s the highlight of the AFL calendar every year – but although the prestigious Brownlow Medal is only awarded to one player, that doesn’t stop all participants from going all out.
Players ditch their team colors in favor of sleek suits while wives and girlfriends command attention with their glitzy outfits.
This year the event took place in all its glory for the first time since 2019 at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, and had a strict dress code.
While men are required to wear full “black tie suits”, women have been instructed to wear “evening dresses”.
Among the sea of famous faces that walked the red carpet on Sunday night, there was a clear fashion trend – with many women opting for dresses with daring thigh-high slits.
In the lead, reality TV star Tayla Damir, engaged to Richmond player Nathan Broad.
The former Love Island Australia winner stunned in a white Cappellazzo Couture dress with a slit that ended at the top of her right thigh.
The gorgeous dress also featured a huge bow draped over her left shoulder as well as a second bow at the back.
Fans of Ambassador Myer were quick to praise Tayla’s “stunning” ensemble, leaving a flood of comments on her candid snaps taken before the event began.
“Divine”, wrote one, while another sadly: “Mic drop.”
As another said the “outrageous” look.
Tayla wasn’t the only WAG to rock a sexy split at the big footie party, with Brit Selwood sporting a nostalgic chainmail dress that clung to her body.
The dress, also by Cappellazzo Couture, showed off Brit’s blossoming baby bump after she and husband Joel – the The Geelong Cats captain announced last week that they are expecting their first child.
Brit’s “breathtaking” outfit was designed by celebrity stylist Lana Wilkinson who shared a series of snaps of the mum-to-be in her full outfit.
Lana revealed that Brit wore transparent and silver shoes from her own collection as well as a range of expensive jewelery from Shannakian Fine Jewellery.
“It’s so beautiful,” wrote one social media user, while another described the look as “iconic.”
Julie Neal, also wore a dress with a slit, making the prom dress design a popular feature on the Brownlow 2022 red carpet.
The mother-of-one – who is married to 2020 Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale – wore a flowing royal blue dress designed by Chosen by Kyha.
Along with a strapless bodice, the flowing train was sheer and sparkled as she walked.
Another highlight of the evening was Indiana Putra, Jeremy Cameron’s partner, who wore a hot pink puffy dress to the event.
Josh Dunkley and Adelaide Thunderbirds netball superstar girlfriend Tippah Dwan were also at the party, with Dawn dazzling in a gold Zian Couture dress.
Carlton’s Patrick Cripps – who won the 2022 Brownlow Medal – and his fiancée Monique Fontana also shone on the red carpet.
Monique wore a royal blue gown with a plunging neckline adorned with gold detailing by Georgia Young Couture.
Earlier in the night, Melbourne Demon superstar Christian Petracca and partner Bella
Beischer oozed glamour, Bella being seen in a white dress with a side slit.
Other notable dresses included Lizzie Stock – Andrew Brayshaw’s partner of the Dockers – in a beautiful pink number and Miss Universe Australia runner-up Annalize Dalins in a racy cut-out dress.
Annalize, the girlfriend of rising star Josh Daicos, wore a custom white dress from Oglialoro Couture that showed off her midriff.
The white dress also had cutout details on her upper chest as well as long sleeves and a high neck.
In the past, WAGs have pushed their mode choices to the limit with a Arguably one of the most iconic looks to date is Rebecca Judd’s plunging red dress by late Perth designer Ruth Tarydas.
The mum-of-four – then known as Rebecca Twigley before marrying retired footy legend Chris Judd – made her debut at the event in a very revealing dress in 2004.
The neckline dipped below her navel, while the back of the dress was even lower, showing the outline of her buttocks.
In recent years, Julie Neale has dazzled in a sheer dress with a hip-high slit and sparkly embellishments.
Despite its shimmering details, the $7,000 dress – originally designed as a wedding dress – was a fashionable ‘naked’ number, which meant that at first glance it looked like Julie wasn’t wearing very much at all.
Her daring dress raised some eyebrows, but the “naked” dress trend is still going strong because it shows maximum skin while still being covered.