MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 36 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #36, the “Geena”, a medium brim Derby hat design found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at


I am a big fan of hot pink and polka dots and thought it would be fun this year to create a hat full of polka dot pink pizzazz for the Kentucky Oaks on Ladies’ Day at Churchill Downs.

I began by designing a hat base in a rich fuchsia dupioni silk that tapers slightly toward the back giving a look of intrigue as well as a bit of dazzle.


For the centerpiece I fashioned a rose curl out of hot pink organza and framed it with fuchsia dupioni silk leaves and sprays of black veiling.

Blog-GeenaDer206-001FTo satisfy my polka dot passion, I fashioned a sash out of black and white polka dot fabric and swirled it around the crown.


For one final touch I added a twinkling black pebble button to the front of the hat.


The new chapeau was everything I’d hoped for, ready to celebrate Pink Out, the Run for the Lilies and all things PINK on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs!


For more views of the “Geena” hat design shown above, please visit the Geena Der206-001 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 36 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 35 Derby chapeaux and 35 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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