MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Derby Hat Countdown – 46 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #46, the “Lacresha”, a medium brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


I have a passion for red and white hats. Red is one of my favorite colors and when contrasted with white, the effect is vivid and dramatic. I also love the popular British television series, “Downton Abbey” and I decided for this year’s Derby I would create a chapeau that combined all of these passions into one design.

I began with a medium hat base created out of white dupioni silk, fashioned into an asymmetrical shape to give it a jaunty look.


I handcrafted a single delicate rose curl out of red silk organza and then took red satin and created a medley of fabric leaves to frame it.


A splash of red tulle around the crown and the hat was finished. It made me think of Violet, the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey, heading for her first Derby adventure across the Pond. And I named her the “Lacresha” after a dear friend who equally loves the Dowager, the chapeau and mint juleps!Blog-LacreshaDer54-003C

For more views of the “Lacresha” hat design shown above, please visit the Lacresha Der54-003 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 46 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 45 Derby chapeaux and 45 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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