The Kentucky Derby Museum’s 2015 Hat Contest Winners

Fans of the Kentucky Derby, particularly those admirers of Derby fashion, should be sure to check out the Kentucky Derby Museum’s “It’s My Derby” exhibit, a yearlong display recognizing the most exciting two minutes in sports. Currently, the exhibit includes a fun display of the museum’s 2015 Hat Contest winners. These hats were created by Derby fans from all across the country and celebrate the role that these fashionable accessories play in horse racing. The museum has selected five winning hats, the creators and descriptions of which are listed below.

Employees’ Choice
David McRoy, from Louisville, Ky., received the 2015 Employees’ Choice Award for his original hat. Not only does the hat resemble a jockey’s helmet but, as McRoy notes, the hat also “has different changeable toppers… [and includes] four push buttons … [that play] 1. Horse whinny, 2. Call to post, 3. ‘My Old Kentucky Home,’ 4. ‘And they’re off.’”

Judges’ Choice:
This year, two contestants received the Judges’ Choice Award for their creative hats.

Anita Cauley, from Louisville, Ky., created a beautiful hat that, she explains, was made from “Gold silk lame [and] gold embroidered Chantilly lace … [It includes] 20 bias cut bows [and a] little champagne veil.”

Jenny Pfanenstiel, from Louisville, Ky., also received the Judges’ Choice Award. Describing her creative process, Pfanenstiel notes that she took strips of straw braid and sewed it into a circle in the center… Then she criss-crossed the straw braid going around the circle and sewed it down. Pfanenstiel finished the hat by stripping a rooster quill and attached it to the hat with straw braid.

Most Representative of Derby:
Two recipients’ hats were named Most Representative of Derby.

Rose Monzyk, from Washington, Missouri was selected as a winner for her elegant pink and black hat. The hat includes a pink sinamay large brim with wide bias trim and a black sinamay crown with a black hand rolled bias band ending in free flowing loops.

Elizabeth Russell, from Battletown, Ky., also received this award for her whimsical hat “Chateaugay.” The hat is named after the 1963 Derby winner whose name in French translates to ‘make a statement.’ According to Russell – and we certainly agree – “This hat definitely makes a statement with rich elegant colors.” VT

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