MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 57 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #57, the “Cassandra”, a wide brim hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-57HatsThe 2015 Kentucky Oaks is just 8 weeks away and I love nothing better than creating pink hats to help my ladies celebrate Pink Out Day at Churchill Downs!

This year, I wanted to create a hat that would be versatile enough to wear on Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby Day.

I began with a hat foundation created out of black dupioni silk in the classic Liza brim style.

Blog-CassandraDer198-001A-Web.LgI then fashioned 3 large rose curls in hot pink, red and white silks and set them aside.

Blog-CassandraDer198-001E-Web.MedI took black satin and fashioned a sash for the Liza crown, adding a black button accent on the back.  I swirled layer upon layer of black tulle alternating with hat veiling to cover the entire brim.

Blog-CassandraDer198-001K-Web.MedThen I nestled the three rose curls into the tulle across the front of the hat.

Blog-CassandraDer198-001D-Web.MedI named the new design for a dear friend and the new “Cassandra” is now ready for her grand debut at this year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby celebrations at Churchill Downs.

Blog-CassandraDer198-001B-Web.MedFor more views of the “Cassandra” hat design shown above, please visit the Cassandra Der198-001 webpage at

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 #57 in our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 56 Derby chapeaux and 56 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the bay filly with the distinctive white blaze who won the Kentucky Oaks in 2009 by 20 1/4 lengths and then went on to beat the boys in the Preakness.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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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