MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 22 of 101

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

Today we are featuring Hat #22, the “Valerie”, a wide brim Derby chapeau that is found in Derby Hat Salon 1 at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-22HatsI have always loved the song, “Funny Valentine”. Last year I had a vision for a Kentucky Oaks hat design that would combine the magic of Valentine pinks and reds sculpted into a swirling confection.

I began by creating a hat foundation in rich red dupioni silk which measured nearly 18 inches across the brim. I then created a large rose curl by layering fuchsia dupioni silk and hot pink chiffon which I set into a medley of red satin leaves.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001CI then fashioned a wide bow out of fuchsia dupioni silk which I set under the rose curl centerpiece.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001EAlternating layers of hot pink and red tulle were loosely gathered around the crown while a pink button was stitched to the back for one final accent.

Blog-ValerieDer163-001FAs I stood back to look at her, I realized I had found ”my funny Valentine.” Indeed, the stunning red “Valerie” chapeau was a romantic vision of loveliness and because of her red and pink colors she was perfect for the Kentucky Oaks or the Derby!

Blog-ValerieDer163-001BFor more views of the “Valerie” hat design shown above, please visit the Valerie Der163-001 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 22 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 21 Derby chapeaux and 21 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Name the filly who was the longest shot to win the Kentucky Oaks.

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

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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