MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 30 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #30, the “Rosanne Der159-001”, a wide brim Derby hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at


There is something wonderful about the combination of black and rich chocolate brown. I have discovered in my custom millinery business that when these two colors are combined in just the right texture and intensity they bring out “the scrumptious” in one another!

Recently I created a new Derby hat design to celebrate the magic of black and brown. I began with a hat foundation created out of rich black dupioni silk. Three large rose curls were fashioned out of alternating layers of chocolate shantung and espresso brown tulle, framed with a medley of chocolate taffeta leaves and set along the front edge of the hat.



Yards upon yards of luscious mocha brown tulle were shaped and swirled until they looked like the frosting on a wedding cake, creating a luxurious nest for the rose curls.


The new hat was as gorgeous from behind as she was from the front…

Blog-RosanneDer159-001G Right down to the tiny button on the chocolate shantung sash that circled the crown.


I named the new chapeau “Rosanne”, a name that somehow seemed to fit a design that had achieved a color harmony that made my heart sing!

For more views of the “Rosanne” hat design shown above, please visit the Rosanne Der159-001 hat webpage at

And don’t forget to visit our KY Derby Hat Collection for more Derby hat ideas. With four new Derby hat salons this year we have something for everyone from fascinators to extra wide brims!

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 30 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 29 Derby chapeaux and 29 days to go ’til the Run for the Roses!



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