MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 53 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #53, the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo”, a medium size Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


Years ago a woman named Mykele wrote to me at Derby time with a custom hat request. She loved the “Lizzie” Derby style from my Collection, but wondered if I could create it in the colors of the Cinco de Mayo holiday which coincided with the Derby that year.  I loved the idea and thought the colors would be stunning with the Lizzie.


For the foundation of the hat I began with a rich black dupioni silk base. I wanted to capture the traditional Cinco de Mayo colors of red, yellow, and green throughout the design and the black base was the perfect stage for them. I began by alternating black and red silk organza brim layers with a bit of extra wave and “kick” to reflect the great tradition of dance and music associated with the holiday.


I fashioned a sash out of bright yellow dupioni silk, softly gathering the fabric and adding a single red button to the back of the hat.


For the trim centerpiece I created two rose curls out of red chiffon and framed them with dark green shantung leaves. I stood back and saw she really was stunning; Mykele’s new chapeau was ready for the Derby, inspired by the magic and colorful splendor of Cinco de Mayo!


For more views of the “Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo” hat design shown above, please visit the Mykele’s Cinco de Mayo Der62-001 webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year. Something for everyone from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 53 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 52 Derby chapeaux and 52 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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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