Kentucky Derby Fascinators

  • The Kentucky Derby 2017 hat parade is one of the quickest , yet, viewed spectacle of the derby event.


    Brief history of Kentucky Derby Hats 2017 Fashion

    Way back when the fashion statement was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.'s vision for the Derby Day as an event that the higher-class would attend,paralleling the European-type racing events, which expressed a full morning dress for men & women. This was a recruiting tool that was a brilliant marketing idea to get more men and women to attend the event and circumvent the fashion side of the race day as part of the ambience.

    The event has quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion where women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.

    The exquisite hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant.

    We are looking forward to revealing the new styles and fashion for 2017. Each year is different because of how unique and wonderful the creations become each year, separating each derby day year from the last.

    Kentucky Derby& Royal Ascot Ladies Fashion in the News

    Hats & Fashion for the Kentucky Derby has become far more popular since the royal wedding in 2011. This day marked a moment in Kentucky Derby and Fascinator history because the lavish adorned headwear of the upper class was brought back into the spotlight and became a staple once again in fashion.

    So if you are planning on attending the Kentucky Derby starting May 5th, make sure you have what you need.


    Samuel's Hats is here to help you for not only your Derby day headwear but also  if you are planning on throwing a Kentucky Derby or Royal Oak party of your own.

    Across America & abroad, for those that just want to have a fun themed event , our hats are wonderful showpieces for weddings, garden parties and tea party type occasions.

  • Samuel's Hats at the Kentucky Derby 2016

    We were digging through our photos this year and realized we didn't post about our experience at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville this fine 2016!

    The event was wonderful! We enjoyed watching all the new 2016 fashion of hats and ensemble pieces and had a great response at our booth at the derby .

    Deb Fanning Derby Hats Kentucky

    Here are some of the fine people that stopped by our booth at the Kentucky Derby to take a picture :



    As we look into the next year in 2017 at the Kentucky Derby, we hope to showcase more fine headwear and have a blast all over again. We hope that 2017's fashion line sneak preview will be released with plenty of time to help you pick out your favorite new hat for the Royal Oaks and Kentucky Derby.Kentucky Derby Winning Horse 2016We would also like to congratulate Nyquist on the win for the 2016 Kentucky Derby ( hopefully this was the horse you were betting on ) Our hats can't predict the future of who the horse is that will win in 2017, but we do know that you will be a winner in one of our fashionable racing day head pieces .

  • So What is the main difference between a cocktail hat & a fascinator?

    The answer is simply, not too much!

    Both are small, elegant, somewhat outlandish fashion statements and the two terms are often used interchangeably.

    But if you really want to know, there are some differences between the two.  The cocktail hat is the precurser of the fascinator.  It came first, and today’s fascinator is not a real hat, but a delightful head ornament that clearly has its origins in yesterday’s cocktail hat.

    The Cocktail Hat

    The cocktail hat started somewhere in the 1930’s stemming from the popularity of new movie stars wearing these glamourous and often dazzling pieces made by wardrobe departments for films.

    Once these designs were being showcased in film and thousands of people were seeing it, it started making the tastemakers catch on and embellish more on this headwear style.

    Often, well dressed women and those that were in touch with high fashion would wear these pieces to balls, tea parties, luincheons, and many other occasions setting the standard. They were created with a hat base with nothing more than a hat pin to hold them in place.

    Of course, it was ok for a woman to go without a head piece, but it became almost a standard in fashion for ladies around the world to adorn themselves with different ornaments on their heads by the 1940's.

    The Fascinator head pieces today:

    Fascinators are a direct descendant of the cocktail hat yet, are created in a different manner.  Facinators usually have a smaller base foundation, posistioned traditionally on the side or top of the head & attached with a combination of combs, pins, clips or some sort of elastic accessory, or a combination of all these just to keep it from falling off. So, all in all, its not trully a formed had like its predecessor but more of an ornament .

    Feathers, lace , jewels, flowers and veils are added to the piece for the final look but mostly feathers or plumes of some exotic or vibrant bird will be in place for the effect.

    Kate Middleton, the now Duchess of Cambridge made this tradision and fashion statement more common. Facinators can also be part of wedding wear tradition between bride's maids and even the bride herself.

    Of course the races at Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Derby this year and at fashionable Kentucky Derby parites all over the country usually have a wide variety of styles worn. The fascinator is not going anywhere anytime as the popularity, the etablished and often outrageous style can lead to many different configurations that its truly hard to get board by the look in general.

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