Rose for Big Red”
A Hat to Honor
the Great Secretariat
Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann
2010 MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
was chosen by the Kentucky
Derby Museum for their Annual Derby Hat Exhibition! This
lovely one-of-a-kind millinery design, “A Rose for Big
Red”, was created
especially for the Kentucky Derby Museum 2010 Hat Exhibit
Contest and was
on display at the Derby Museum in Louisville, KY from June
2010 through June 2011.
Rose for Big Red”
Rose for Big Red" is a one-of-a-kind couture Derby
hat created to honor the great Secretariat and to
celebrate his amazing 1973 Kentucky Derby victory. Who
could forget this amazing athlete's breathtaking burst of
speed on the far turn as he surged past the field to win
the blanket of red roses and all of our hearts as well?
And what American that first Saturday in May wasn't
thinking that maybe, just maybe,
we were finally going to witness a champion who had the
heart to win the coveted Triple Crown of horse racing?
A hat created
to honor Secretariat had to be extraordinary. The
foundation of this wide brimmed hat is crafted in a rich
chocolate dupioni silk with a reddish tint to remind us
all of Secretariat's nickname, Big Red; the same name
people gave to another great racehorse, Man O' War. The
wavy outer brim edges of this design incorporate nearly
four yards of chocolate organza and ten yards of chocolate
tulle and serve to expand the brim width to more than 19
inches overall. This innovative brim design creates a
magical effect especially when the wearer's head is tipped
up to reveal the warm chocolate silk underbrim. The wavy
layers of interwoven tulle and organza reflect the
undulating action of the Thoroughbred athlete as he ran,
his muscles moving in a smooth, flowing action.
A single large
red Kentucky Derby rose adorns the front of the hat and is
the centerpiece of the design. Set slightly off-center,
this stunning multi-layered, multi-textured rose curl was
created in a blend of red dupioni silk, satin and chiffon.
A bed of “variegated” fabric leaves created in
blue satin, white silk organza and blue organza gently
cradles the rose and pays tribute to Meadow Stable’s
racing silk colors of blue and white.
The bed of
leaves is set against a blue satin sash lined with white
silk organza which surrounds the crown and serves to join
the trim elements in the front and the back of the hat.
In the back of
the hat, a lavish asymmetrical blue satin triple
with white silk organza symbolizes the three legs of the
l973 Triple Crown that Secretariat won, beginning with his
amazing win at the Kentucky Derby. A large blue satin
covered button creates the innovative bow knot.
Like all hats
created at MAGGIE
this one-of-a-kind Secretariat hat design features our
unique adjustable sizing feature that makes this hat as
wearable as it is stylish. A red satin lining adds the
final touch to the inside of the hat and reflects once
again the "Run for the Roses" theme of the
milliner Sally Faith Steinmann, the designer of "A
Rose for Big Red" states, "It was a privilege to
create a hat to honor the great Secretariat. It feels
wonderful to know that this special design will be on
display at the Museum for the coming year. I can't think
of a more perfect spot for it than the very place where
Secretariat captured all of our hearts with his amazing
Run for the Roses!"
millinery delight, "A Rose for Big Red", was on
display at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY
from June 2010 through June 2011.
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