It all started with a skirt. A really great skirt that’s perfect for a horse race. My customer wanted a hat to go with it that had a touch of whimsy and a lot of impact.
The biggest challenge was to dye the parasisal straw to coordinate with the pretty pear green in the skirt. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a color that worked great. From there it was a matter of pulling in the other colors of the skirt, including a terra cotta riding pant on the women featured on the skirt. Fortunately, I had a ribbon that was woven with terra cotta one way and green the other for a perfect complement. Dotted netting, black, white and green feathers, a custom made silk and striped band and dotted ribbon finishes the look.
An added bonus: the hat looks great worn as intended with the embellishment on the right as well as turning it around and wearing the embellishment on the left. Such a fun and colorful ensemble!
I recently had the pleasure of making a hat for a customer who went to Camden, South Carolina last weekend for one of the most important steeplechases of the yearly calendar, the popular Carolina Cup.
According to the website, The Cup is held at Springdale Race Course, situated just on the outskirts of town. Interestingly, in a state where pari-mutuel betting is not allowed, more than 60,000 people routinely show up and have a wonderful time at the races. Clearly, going racing in the South is not just about the chance to win a bet.
My customer decided to wear a pretty floral dress in shades of coral, pink, orange and deep chocolate brown. She didn’t want a large brim hat so we designed this one-of-a-kind piece just for her. It was the perfect complement!