A Dozen Roses for Rachel

Welcome to Hats and Horses!

The Kentucky Derby is almost here and for the next two weeks leading up to race day at Churchill Downs, “Hats and Horses” will be showcasing three one-of-a-kind hats, one at a time. These hats were specifically created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® during the years 2009 to 2011 to celebrate the lives of three outstanding Thoroughbred athletes who ran in the Oaks and Derby races. All three hats were accepted by the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky for their annual Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Exhibit Contest and each was separately displayed in their museum for a year from 2009-2012.  These hats will never be sold.

The first hat I would like to present to you is the “A Dozen Roses for Rachel” chapeau, created in May, 2009 to celebrate the life of Kentucky Oaks winner, Rachel Alexandra.


This one-of-a-kind millinery design, inspired by Rachel Alexandra’s thrilling 2009 Kentucky Oaks victory, was created in a deep rich yellow dupioni silk in the signature “Dozen Roses” style by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. A lovely shade of red dupioni silk, lined with rich yellow silk, was fashioned into a swirling sash and a large double bow with medium tails that spill ever so gently over the edge of the brim.


One dozen delicate red silk organza rose curls were then hand-rolled, hand-stitched, and placed along the crown with red silk fabric leaves set behind them to fill out the 5-inch brim. Red tulle sprays were tucked in between the rose curls and leaves to offer a playful, delicate accent that both softened and illuminated the rose curls against their rich yellow silk background.


This lovely one-of-a-kind millinery design, “A Dozen Roses for Rachel”, was created especially to celebrate Rachel Alexandra and was on display at the Museum Kentucky Derby Museum for the 2009 Hat Exhibit Contest from June 2009 through June 2010. At the request of the Derby Museum, the hat remained on display at the Museum in Louisville, KY for a second year from June 2010 through June 2011.

Please enjoy the following slideshow of this amazing Derby chapeau created to honor one of the truly great race mares of all time!

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You’ll find more information about the “A Dozen Roses for Rachel” chapeau when you visit the A Dozen Roses for Rachel webpage created especially for her at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. For more Derby hat designs please visit the Kentucky Derby Hat Collection at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® that offers three hat salons.

And please visit us again soon when a very special one-of-a-kind Derby hat celebrating another amazing Thoroughbred racehorse will be featured at Hats and Horses!



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