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"My Checkered Past"
SIZE: 22 1/2 - 23"
ONE OF A KIND KY Derby Museum Award Winner

$625 SOLD

Made from 4 layers of crisp, white and black sinamay straw with overlay of open weave, black, checkered pattern knit fabric. A classic black and white
Race Season hat with dramatic 7" brim. : genuine show stopper!
"My Checkered Past" is adorned with black sinamay band and hand fashioned sinamay ribbon loops in bright fuchsia and white. She's topped off with large, black and white polka dotted tulle and sinamay bows. Black lacquer bamboo swirls playfully accent this Derby hat.

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The Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for prestigious 161th Annual
(2018-2019) 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 United States, including either men or ladies styles, are submitted for competition each May.

This year, the Museum’s distinguished 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 2019. The museum receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

“... We're delighted to be chosen once again this year … our 14th year entering the competition... OUR 14th Anniversary Entry Hat!" --- 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 and tougher every year!

"We were tremendously busy the entire spring season with custom clients’ orders for traditional Hat Events including Parks and Conservancy luncheons, Mothers Day, Weddings, the ROYAL WEDDING and Race Season in general (Dubai, Ascot, Preakness, DelMar, Belmont Stakes) where fabulous hat wearing is simply a must… In the final days approaching the Derby, we were working nearly 'round the clock!

After THE HORSE, Nothing else matters but creating THE HAT when it’s a Run for the Roses…. A Run for the FINISH LINE -

Being notified of our 14th ANNIVERSARY HAT, "MY CHECKERED PAST," winning a place in the exhibit was, again, 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


The Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for prestigious 16th Annual (2018-2019) Derby Hat Exhibit

See a complete Gena Conti Millinery lineup
of winning hats
from the Derby Museum Exhibits
over the previous 14 years
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