Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for the 2008-09 prestigious
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.
Go ahead... dare yourself … then prepare yourself for
signing autographs! ... There's ALWAYS a RACE, somewhere ...................
(Large photos available for Press : For Inquiries,
contact our office 734-284-3417)
"EIGHTH YEAR STRETCH"
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
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
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
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 derbymuseum.org
The Museum hope to have the winning hats available for ON-LINE
VIEWING this year! Keep Checking in.......
Are YOU attending
the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness or Royal Ascot next year?
Give us a call. We'll create something extraordinary for
REMEMBER ---------- The longer you wait ------- The higher
If the Races aren't
in your plans, remember ...you 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!