MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Derby Hat Countdown – 50 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #50, the “Valerie”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


I have always loved the song, “Funny Valentine”. Last year I had a vision for a Derby hat design that would combine the magic of Valentine pinks and reds sculpted into a  swirling confection.

I began by creating a hat foundation in rich red dupioni silk which measured nearly 18 inches across the brim. I then created a large rose curl by layering fuchsia dupioni silk and hot pink chiffon which I set into a medley of red satin leaves.


I then fashioned a wide bow out of fuchsia dupioni silk which I set under the rose curl centerpiece.


Alternating layers of hot pink and red tulle were loosely gathered around the crown while a pink button was stitched to the back seam for one final accent.


As I stood back to look at her, I realized I had found ”my funny Valentine.” Indeed, the stunning red “Valerie” chapeau was a romantic vision of loveliness and she was perfect for either the Kentucky Derby or the Oaks!


For more views of the “Valerie” hat design shown above, please visit the Valerie Der163-001 webpage at

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

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 50 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 49 Derby chapeaux and 49 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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