What a Great Hat! Accepted by Kentucky Derby Museum Annual Contest

For the third year, I entered a hat in the Kentucky Derby Museum’s annual hat contest. I’m pleased to announce that my hat was one of 20 selected for display in the museum for a year. Entries arrive from around the world, so I am honored that my hat was chosen for this special exhibit. Here’s a link to all of the winning hats: http://www.derbymuseum.org/hat_contest.html

Paula Singleton’s 2012 Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Contest Winner

Custom Bridal Headpieces

It’s so much fun to be part of a wedding celebration. I’m particularly pleased that I’ve had the opportunity to work with brides who have brought in their grandmother’s headpiece to modernize and make theirs. We removed the traditional long veil from this sweet, handmade circular headpiece and added a fabulous birdcage veil that I fabricated with vintage netting. The results couldn’t have been more perfect for this lovely bride.

Vintage Bridal Headpiece Modernized

Silk Turban Project

As many of you know, I’m finishing up my millinery studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (only three classes left until I achieve my certificate!). I wanted to make another turban so that I could finesse my draping skills. I had this bold, beautiful red silk on hand and thought its strong pattern would add another challenge. Here’s the result.

An Epsom Downs Fascinator

One of my lucky customers is going to England for the Epsom Downs Derby, another popular horse racing venue where fashion is as exciting as the race. She’s wearing a pretty black, blue and white dress and wanted a fascinator to complete her look. After checking the dress code, she learned that fascinators are acceptable attire, but that they must be “substantial.” Here’s her one-of-a-kind piece.

Sinamay, organza, vintage netting and feathers create an airy, pretty look.