2009 -10 Kentucky Derby Museum
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Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for the 2009-10 prestigious Hat Exhibit

MRS TEAL HAS BEEN SPOKEN FOR - And will be living in South Carolina once she finishes her performace run at the Kentucky Derby Museum this Summer
Currently on a 1 year loan to The Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Exhibit - Louisville, KY

Show stopping 8" brim is made from 4 layers of tantalizing teal sinamay straw, edged in romantic ruffled horsehair (don’t worry … it’s synthetic) and vintage black patent straw braid. Complementing beaded trim in teal, red & black flows freely, nearly invisibly, atop the brim’s edge
.“Mrs. Teal’s” matching teal crown is wrapped with a deep cherry red sinamay band that sets the hat “aglow.”
This Kentucky Derby chapeau is lavishly adorned with teal and black stripped coque feathers, red miniature duck feathers and large black horsehair(not to worry ... it's synthetic) bow.

Go ahead... dare yourself … then prepare yourself for signing autographs! ... There's ALWAYS a RACE, somewhere 'cross the globe...................
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The Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for prestigious 9th annual (2009-2010) Derby Hat Exhibit

The Kentucky Derby Museum Annual Hat Exhibit highlights one of the Derby’s most glamorous traditions, the exquisite hats worn on race day. Hat entries of all types from designers around the world, including either men or ladies styles, are submitted for competition each May.

This year, the Museum’s distinguished panel of judges, once again, selected the “best 20 - 30 hats that most represented the spirit of the Kentucky Derby.” The winning hats are now on display in the exhibit “Derby Hats” that runs through the end of June 2010. The museum receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

“... We're delighted to be chosen once again this year … our seventh consecutive year entering the competition,” reports Gena Conti. The Kentucky Derby is one of the USA’s millinery highlights of the year. With the record-breaking increase of both worldwide hat sales and the growth of working milliners, the competition gets tougher each season.
For the last six, now seven years, I've thought we will never make the time limit for entry into the competition."

"We were tremendously busy the entire spring season with custom clients’ orders for traditional Hat Events including Parks and Conservancy luncheons, The Belle Isle Women’s Committee Hat Luncheon (here in Detroit) and Race Season in general (Dubai, Ascot, Preakness, Belmont Stakes) where fabulous hat wearing is simply a must… In the final days approaching the Derby, we were shipping many hats, overnight to clients in their Louisville Hotels!"

Nothing else matters but creating THE hat when it’s a Run for the Roses…. A Run for the FINISH LINE - A Run for the "Purse" (sure to match your Gena Conti Custom Hat)

With tensions mounting and deadlines looming over the workrooms, "We were just able to make the finish (dead)-line with our entry, “MRS TEAL,” for the Derby Museum’s contest --- Being notified this week of our winning place in the exhibit was, even after 7 years, exceptionally thrilling!”

The Kentucky Derby Museum is located at Gate 1 of Churchill Downs. For more Museum information call (502) 637-1111 or visit the museum on line at

See a complete Gena Conti Millinery lineup
of winning hats
from the Derby Museum Exhibits
over the previous 12 years

Are YOU attending the Kentucky Derby, the Preaknessr Royal Ascot
or the Races in Dubai next year?
Give us a call. We'll create something extraordinary for you!
REMEMBER ---------- The longer you wait ------- The higher the stakes!

If the Races aren't in your plans, remember don't have to go to the Races to wear a fabulous custom hat by Gena Conti. Parks and Conservancy Luncheons, Belle Isle Women's Committee Hat Luncheon, Suite Dreams Project's Hats Off Luncheon ...Just call the Salon. We're happy to create a custom chapeaux as Individual and special as you!

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