2008 - 09 Kentucky Derby Museum
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Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for the 2008-09 prestigious Hat Exhibit

Currently BACK IN THE SALON following a One year loan to
The Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Exhibit - Louisville, KY

Dramatic 7" show stopping brim is made from 4 layers of stunning citrus orange sinamay straw; Crown is also sinamay in lime green. Our “Orange Ade Kentucky Derby chapeau is draped with delicate, complimenting multi-colored silk organza head band in green, gold, orange, fuchsia, lavender and teal. “Orange Ade” is also lavishly adorned with orange and green silk pansies, jack-o-lanterns, pale lime and lavender silk magnolias, silk and velvet leaves and free spirited orange and fuchsia stripped coque feathers.
$765.00 USD

Go ahead... dare yourself … then prepare yourself for signing autographs! ... There's ALWAYS a RACE, somewhere ...................
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The Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for prestigious 8th annual (20087-2009) 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 2009. The museum receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

“... We're delighted to be chosen once again this year … our sixth 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 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, “ORANGE ADE,” for the Derby Museum’s contest --- Being notified this week of our winning place in the exhibit was, even after 6 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
The Museum hope to have the winning hats available for ON-LINE VIEWING this year! Keep Checking in.......

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

Are YOU attending the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness or Royal Ascot 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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