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The “Ruhlmann” Hat
For the second consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience: "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby". This unique Derby hat fundraiser features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends. To learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and bid on the hats, please visit the Old Friends website, or call them at 502-863-1775.
For the sixth and final hat auction of this year's series, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat as a memorial tribute to honor Ruhlmann, one of the most beloved retirees at Old Friends of Kentucky who passed Christmas Eve 2008.
Such a champion deserved a very special hat created in his honor; a design that was stunning, sophisticated, and not overly frilly or frou frou. The result is a millinery confection created in striking tones and textures celebrating this great champion's athleticism and impressive career as an extraordinary Thoroughbred racehorse. The "Ruhlmann" hat is also a very special thank you to the Moss family who honored Old Friends with their donation of Ruhlmann nearly 7 years ago.
An asymmetrical 24-inch wide brim design was chosen for the Ruhlmann hat and a rich black dupioni silk was selected to reflect the stallion's nearly black coat. Layer upon layer of black tulle and silk organza were used to create a ruffled brim edge trim that literally dances and moves and frames the face beautifully when the brim is upturned. The brim was created in this way to reflect the smooth, fluid action of the Thoroughbred athlete rolling forward at full gallop. Stunning from so many different angles!
This ruffled brim edge was then embellished with an elegant swirling black braiding, top stitched in place, to give it a finished look.
The teal and pink racing silks of the Moss stable provided the color palette for the trimmings of this stunning Derby hat design. The centerpiece is an enormous pink rose curl created in luscious swirling layers of alternating pink organza and two shades of pink dupioni silk, and is meant to reflect Ruhlmann's crowning achievement in the 1990 Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I) when he beat eventual Horse of the Year, Criminal Type.
A pinkish cinnamon-tinted crinkled teal taffeta sash, gently gathered for added texture and movement, was created to encircle the crown of the hat.
A medley of variegated fabric leaves created in crinkled and solid teal taffeta lined with soft mocha taffeta softly frames the giant pink rose.
Layers of swirling, curling black silk organza and black tulle, sprinkled with wispy teal tulle sprays, cradle the rose and leaf centerpiece, giving a bit of added texture and dimension to this organic, flowing trim design.
A single translucent blush pink flower button adorns the back seam of the hat and highlights the pinkish cinnamon hue of the crinkled teal taffeta sash.
One other innovation for the "Ruhlmann" hat was the weaving of a physical remembrance of the horse into the hat. Several strands of the great stallion's tail hairs were braided and woven into the trim of the hat itself, thereby creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that is Ruhlmann not only in spirit but in substance as well...
The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Ruhlmann and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine of Dream Chase Farm for the rest of their days.
Thank you, Ruhlmann!
To read more about Ruhlmann, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.
This amazing millinery delight will be up for bid from April 1st through the 11th, 2011. At the end of the month, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous).
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 3-4 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.
To view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.