MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 19 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #19, the “Darby”, a Derby cocktail hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 4 at


Fascinators and cocktail hats have been making a splash at Churchill Downs for the past several years. A long-time tradition at Royal Ascot, fascinators are now considered by some to be as much a part of Derby tradition as the classic wide brims.

One of my favorite color combinations is red and yellow, and for this year’s Derby I wanted to create a brand new cocktail design that incorporated these colors with lots of texture and plenty of pizzazz!

I started with a basic cocktail hat foundation created out of freesia dupioni silk. I fashioned three small rose curls in red silk, clustered them together and set them on the top of the hat.


I then handcrafted long, ruched red silk organza “tails” and attached them beneath the rose curls, letting them cascade over the edge of the hat like a waterfall. For the finishing touches I added several red silk organza “feathers” to the top of the hat and red veiling across the front.

The new “Darby” hat was everything I had dreamed about and more. Her debut at the Run for the Roses was sure to be a grand adventure with everyone buzzing about her bold colors, fascinating textures – and undeniable pizzazz!


For more views of the “Darby” hat design shown above, please visit the Darby Der102-001 webpage at

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

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 19 of our Derby Hat Countdown. Just 18 Derby chapeaux and 18 days to go ’til the 140th Kentucky Derby!



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