"Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy - everyone stops to coo and talk about it." 

                                                                                          ~  Louise Green


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Kentucky Derby Day

The Kentucky Derby is like no other horse race, not only because of the race itself, but also because of the hats!  Wearing hats to the Kentucky Derby is an event in and of itself, steeped in tradition, dating back to 1875. The Derby was established by Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark who wanted a European-style racing event with those in attendance wearing “full morning dress for men and women.”  Thus, began the tradition of going to the races wearing the most fashionable of attire.

Today, the Kentucky Derby practice and culture of wearing grand and crowd-thrilling toppers extends far beyond the Kentucky state line.  There are Derby events held all over the nation, including one right here in Portland at Albertina’s Place.  So if you ever get the opportunity to attend a Derby event, don’t hesitate!  Grab a minty julep, put on your Sunday best and of course, a festive hat.  After all, “Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.”(Martha Sliter)

For more information about the Kentucky Derby fashions, click on this link:  2018 Kentucky Derby

A Lu Ann Original....

It's big enough to qualify as a Derby-worthy hat!

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Lu Ann and Ann, who is a museum volunteer, took a couple of hats out for a walkabout at Albertina’s Place in Portland on Derby Day.


“A hat is not a hat.  It is the expression of a woman’s soul.”  ~  Lily Doche