MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 83 of 101

The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Our hat for today is the “Tess” top hat chapeau that is found in Salon 3 of the Derby Hat Collection at


Our featured Tess is fashioned after her sister, the Tess BR144-002 design, which has luscious tulle that swirls around the crown before cascading down the back of the hat.  She has been a fan favorite since her introduction and I knew it was time for her little sister to join her on the stage; this year’s Derby provided the perfect opportunity for her creation.


I created the top hat foundation from a silver dupioni silk. I then fashioned three small rose curls in alternating layers of coral shantung and organza which I clustered together and surrounded with a medley of leaves in matching coral shantung and satin. A hint of veiling and a matching sash were added, et voila, the new Tess top hat was ready for her debut at Churchill Downs!

Move over, big sister!


For more views of the Tess top hat chapeau shown above, please visit the Tess hat webpage.

Please visit our KY Derby Hat Collection for more Derby hat ideas, and please let us know if we can help you find the perfect chapeau for your Derby Day adventure!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 83 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 82 Derby chapeaux to go ’til Derby Day!



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