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Sally Faith Steinmann, Custom Milliner

My name is Sally Faith Steinmann and I am the owner/designer of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Custom Millinery for Women.

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"A Rose for Big Red”
A Hat to Honor the Great Secretariat
Custom Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann
In 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.

"A Rose for Big Red"

A Rose for Big Red”

"A 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 Rose for Big Red - Derby hat honors Secretariat

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.

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One of a kind silk Derby hat

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.

Couture Derby hat

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.

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In the back of the hat, a lavish asymmetrical blue satin triple bow lined 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.

Hat to honor Secretariat

Couture Derby hat

One of a kind Derby hat

Like all hats created at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®, 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 Kentucky Derby.

Custom 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!"

This amazing millinery delight, "A Rose for Big Red", was on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY from June 2010 through June 2011.
For more information about the Kentucky Derby Museum, please call them at 502-637-1111, or visit their website at

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