For the Prince

It’s Preakness Day and with many others I am waiting to see if Orb can win the Preakness Stakes and have a shot at the Triple Crown. For me the anticipation brings reflection as I think about the first racehorse that I fell in love with, Majestic Prince.

It was 1969 when I first saw “The Prince.” I still can feel the excitement as I watched him win the Derby by a neck and then in two weeks the Preakness by a head against a gutsy challenger named Arts and Letters. He was a special horse that will always stay in my memory.

In recent blog posts I shared two very special one-of-a-kind hat designs: the “A Dozen Roses for Rachel” created to honor Rachel Alexandra and the “A Rose for Big Red” to celebrate the great Secretariat. This Preakness Day, I would like to share a third hat that I created back in May, 2011, the “My Prince Has Come” chapeau that celebrates Majestic Prince, that first horse that I fell in love with those many years ago.

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The foundation of this wide brimmed Derby hat was crafted in a bright chocolate dupioni silk reminiscent of Majestic Prince’s gleaming chestnut coat as he pranced his way to the post. An innovative asymmetrical brim design creates a magical effect especially when the wearer’s head is tipped up to reveal the warm chocolate silk underbrim. The chocolate and espresso tulle outer brim edges of this design incorporate nearly eight yards of chocolate tulle and serve to expand the brim width to more than 20 inches end to end. The wavy layers of tulle catch the light and reflect the undulating action of the Thoroughbred athlete moving in a smooth, flowing motion.

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A single large red rose, created in swirling layers of red dupioni silk and silk organza, adorns the front of the hat and is the centerpiece of the design. A bed of “variegated” fabric leaves created in black dupioni silk, black silk organza, and golden yellow dupioni silk framed with layers of wispy chocolate tulle and veiling gently cradles the rose. A golden yellow and black silk striped sash lined with ruffled black silk organza surrounds the crown and pays tribute to owner Frank McMahon’s racing silk colors of golden yellow and black.

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This lovely one-of-a-kind Derby hat design was on display at the Museum Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY for the 2011 Hat Exhibit Contest from June 2011 through June 2012. The “My Prince Has Come”, like the hats honoring Rachel Alexandra and Secretariat, will never be sold.

Please enjoy the following slideshow of this amazing Derby chapeau created to honor “The Prince”, one of the truly great racehorses of all time who will forever have my heart…

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To learn more about this one-of-a-kind chapeau, please visit the My Prince Has Come webpage at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Enjoy the Preakness, and may all the horses and jockeys run safe!

Sally

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