MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 42 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #42, the “”, the “Tess” top hat design that is found in Derby Hat Salon 3 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-42HatsI created the original “Tess” top hat for the Bridal Hat Collection at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. It’s a pure white silk confection trimmed with matching silk rose curls, satin leaves and sumptuous gathered tulle.  She has a very traditional bridal look.

Blog-TessBR144-001DThe trend in recent years for adding bold colors to the traditionally all-white-and-ivory bridal palette inspired me last year to create a top hat adorned with hot pink trims for a more “equestrian” style look. And indeed the new “Tess” was a hit for last year’s Kentucky Oaks.

Blog-TessBR144-002EThis year I wanted to once again make another version of the Tess and use red trimmings to celebrate the tradition of the red Derby rose.

Beginning with a white dupioni silk top hat foundation, I added a red taffeta sash. I then took yards of red tulle which I swirled around the crown, softly gathering the tulle in the back to form a bow with tails spilling down over the brim.

Blog-TessDer144-004E-RedFor the trim centerpiece I fashioned a cluster of three medium roses out of red dupioni silk which I nestled into the bow in the back of the hat.


Blog-TessDer144-004F-RedThe look was once again “equestrian” and decidedly romantic at the same time. This new Derby-inspired “Tess” is ready to join in the celebrations for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby!

Blog-TessDer144-004C-RedFor more views and details about the “Tess” chapeau shown above, please visit the Tess Der144-004 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 42 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 41 Derby chapeaux and 41 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the Derby jockey whose nickname is “Bo’rail” because he stays so close to the rail to save ground.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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