Supermodel Jodie Kidd has been unveiled as the face of this year’s Epsom Derby, with iconic milliner to the stars Philip Treacy continuing his role as official hat designer.

To mark the announcement, three new portraits of Kidd have been released in which she is modelling a variety of styles inspired by three areas of the event - The Hill, the Duchess Stand and The Queen’s Stand.

Horse-fan Kidd’s father is a former show jumper and both she and her brother are professional polo players.

She said: "Modelling three different looks for the shoot shows that despite its prestigious racing reputation, fashion is a huge part of the day.

"I have been a fan of horses since I was 10-years-old and find racing almost hypnotic. 

"I look forward to sporting one of Philip Treacy’s creations and watching these beautiful animals compete in the greatest flat race of them all."

With his creations favoured by international fashion icons including Madonna and Lady Gaga, Philip Treacy will take up the mantle at the Derby for the third year in a row.

He said: "Fashion at The Investec Derby is a level playing field.  Revel in the freedom of being able to play with different colours, styles and trends. 

"Anyone can wear millinery and The Derby provides the ultimate platform to do just that."

The Epsom Derby Festival will take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on June 6 and 7 and is expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors.