MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 99 of 101

Welcome to A Derby Hat Countdown featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I would like to introduce you to a very special chapeau, the “Tess” top hat design…


I created the original “Tess” top hat many years ago for the Bridal Hat Collection at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. It was a pure white silk confection trimmed with matching silk rose curls, satin leaves and sumptuous gathered tulle giving a very traditional bridal look.


The trend in recent years for adding bold colors to the traditionally all-white-and-ivory bridal palette inspired me to create a top hat that would add a splash of vibrant color to the original Tess design.

The result was a white silk top hat trimmed with a hot pink taffeta sash and swirling hot pink tulle around the crown, softly gathered in the back by a cluster of silk roses before spilling down the brim.


The look was “equestrian” and decidedly romantic at the same time. Soon ladies started asking for the “Tess” for their Derby and Oaks adventures with bold and wild color combinations. The possibilities are endless!

For more views and details about the Tess BR144-002 chapeau shown above, please visit the Tess hat webpage.

And stop by my KY Derby Hat Collection here at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® anytime where you’ll find everything from extra wide brims to mini top hat fascinators. There’s always something new to see when it’s Derby time!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Day 3 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Now, only 98 hats to go!

‘Til next time,



Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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