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Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for the Prestigious 2012-13 Hat Exhibit

16 Jun 2012
The judges have made their selections, and I wanted to let you know that your hat has been selected for display in our 2012 - 13 Derby Hats Exhibit. ...

Chris Goodlett
Curator of Collections, Kentucky Derby Museum

Currently on a 1 year loan to The Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Exhibit - Louisville, KY

This one-of-a kind, custom Kentucky Derby hat is hand blocked (molded) and sewn from 4 layers of brilliant red sinamay straw and matching red embroidered tulle fabric. Dramatic 7" brim is a genuine show stopper!
Crown is also red sinamay covered in red pleated tulle fabric.

“Rosette” is trimmed with bands of black tulle and sheer black and white polka dot ribbon. Adorned with large black silk organza, satin, and velvet rose and green leaves nestled at the side.

As big as the rose covered Winner’s Circle but less than 7 ounces atop your pretty Kentucky Derby head.
(Large photos available for Press : For Inquiries, contact our office 734-284-3417)

The Kentucky Derby Museum chooses Gena Conti Millinery for prestigious 121th Annual
(20121-2013) 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 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 2013. The museum receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

“... We're delighted to be chosen once again this year … our 10th consecutive year entering the competition... OUR 10th 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, 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!

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 10th ANNIVERSARY HAT, ROSETTE, 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

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