MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 71 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #71, the “Michaela”, a wide brim chapeau that is found in Salon 2 of the Derby Hat Collection at maggiemae.com.

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-71HatsThe introduction of “Michaela” a couple of years ago marked the debut of my silk organza “feathers” into the Derby Collection. Their creation came about as a direct result of a dilemma I experienced as a milliner several years ago.

Ladies continue to love hats trimmed with feathers; feathers are beautiful, like the birds they adorn, and their colors, wispy look and shape bring such elegance and playfulness to fascinators and wide brims alike. However I have a passion for the birds as well, and as I wrote in a blog called “For the Birds,” I realized that the feathers that allow the birds to soar so magnificently looked far better on them than on my hats.

After some creative imagining I came up with an alternative: silk organza “feathers!”  I fashioned the feathers from strips of wispy organza fabric, sewn and then shaped into swirling, curving contours. The “Michaela” chapeau was the first wide brim design that featured these silk organza “feathers” which I fashioned out of a silver silk organza.  The silver organza feathers spilling over the dupioni silk brim formed the perfect dramatic complement to the hot pink rose and jumbo silk bow…

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The response to the Michaela design and my unique silk “feathers” has been amazing. Last Derby season I created and shipped a record number of hats trimmed with my “feathers” in a wide assortment of colors, shapes and sizes. My customers love their dramatic effect and their one-of-a-kind look .

Consequently, out of a personal conviction has come a creative solution and a trim design that is now a trademark for my hat company!

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For more views of the Michaela chapeau shown above, please visit the Michaela hat webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 71 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 70 Derby chapeaux and 70 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – What stable had 2 Triple Crown winners during the 1940’s?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!

Sally

 

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Author: hatsandhorses

Sally Faith Steinmann is the owner and designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS Custom Millinery. A native of Cape Cod, Sally creates couture hats for the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, Saratoga, weddings, teas, and garden parties. MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS sponsors "Hats Off to the Horses", an annual online Derby hat fundraiser for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in KY.

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