Australian starlet Phoebe Tonkin said wearing an Alex Perry dress to the Melbourne Cup was the perfect way to top-off her visit home.

"I've been away for so long so it was really exciting to come back and wear something that was so quintessentially Australian," the Vampire Diaries star told AAP.

"Alex is Australian fashion."

Tonkin was a guest at the GH Mumm champagne marquee for the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday.

Dressed in a pale-pink gown by Perry, Gucci heels and a Hatmaker clasp in her hair, the actress told how she wanted something unique for her Cup Day ensemble.

"It's like shaggy, grungey diamonds and crystals which is awesome," she said of the headpiece, by the Sydney-based milliners.

"I was so excited to come here today and wear this because it's so me and it's so different."

The West Australian

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