About the Auction
Current Auction Hat
The “Black Tie Affair” Hat
For the very first year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience beginning November 1st, with a "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser will now be an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Kentucky Derby hats created and donated by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends.
Milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind Derby hat in honor of 1991 Horse of the Year, Black Tie Affair. Black Tie Affair is a new arrival this summer to Dream Chase Farm, the home of Old Friends Equine.
To learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website, or call them at 502-863-1775.
The “Black Tie Affair” hat is up for bid from November 1st through the 11th.
Because his coat was originally a gray that has become increasingly white over the years, a soft silver dupioni silk and silver silk organza were used for the hat itself with a combination of silver, white, red, and black trimmings to highlight this stallion's markings as well as his racing silk colors.
The silver dupioni silk hat foundation was layered with wavy alternating silver, soft gray, and white silk organza brims which offered a stunning edge to the brim and gave a feeling of movement to the entire design.
And what could be a more perfect hat trim to honor this horse with than a black bowtie! Created in fine black silk, this bowtie conjures up visions of some fancy black tie affair.
Tiny red silk organza roses, a red satin lining, and the top white silk organza brim layers are reminiscent of Black Tie Affair's red racing silks. The swirling black dot veiling reminds us of this great stallion's dapple gray coat of earlier days.
The “Black Tie Affair” chapeau is up for bid from November 1st through the 11th.
To read more about Black Tie Affair, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.
This amazing millinery delight will be up for bid on November 1st. At the end of the month, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous) and the next month's hat will be put up for bid.
Bid as many times and on as many hats as you like during this running auction. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775. If you don't desire to place a bid on a hat, please contact Old Friends to see about what other ways you might be able to help out at Dream Chase Farm.
Freight charges will be at the expense of the winning bidder. Winning bidders, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.