MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 44 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #44, the “Marcelle”, a wide brim Derby hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


I love to design Derby hats with multiple brim layers…

The "Chris" Chapeau

Several years ago I had a vision to create a medium brim Derby hat design with tulle brim layers that would resemble a ballerina’s tutu.

I began with a medium brim created in cream dupioni silk. I then took yards of black tulle, gathered them and layered them until they formed a “skirt”.  I encircled the crown with a black satin sash creating a belt-like effect across the tulle.


I fashioned a new style of trim by taking black organza and creating petals which I layered together with a black pebble button for the center.


For a few final accents I added black veiling, black satin leaves and black silk organza “feathers” to the rose curl centerpiece to give the design a wispy, elegant look. The new “Marcelle” design was ready for her debut and has been a Derby favorite ever since!


For more views of the “Marcelle” hat design shown above, please visit the Marcelle BR162-001 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 44 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 43 Derby chapeaux and 43 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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