Sunday, May 2, 2010

derby does it: hats & a little history lesson.

Never in 136 years has the Kentucky Derby been cancelled. I thought for sure that with the rain and slop from yesterday's showers the Derby would have been postponed but as tradition goes-the race went-and D's favorite conquered. Too bad we didn't build anytime into our schedule yesterday to hit the sportsbook before the fundraiser event we attended. We could have won some serious bank.
#4 Super Saver wins the race!

The Kentucky Derby is classic tradition, brought to the United States in the late 1800s by Col. Meriweather Louis Clark Jr. after he visited the greatest horse race in France, the Grand Pre de Paris. The Kentucky Derby was inaugurated in 1875 and as I said, has never been cancelled. (136 years is quite a commitment!)

Why do I keep bringing this up? Because I thought for sure that with the muddy track the race would have been postponed. But I know NOTHING about horse racing and really, let's be honest, I was more concerned with the ladies and their hats (and shoes)!

I find the hats to be so fascinating. After doing some research, I found out that the hats were added to the Kentucky Derby tradition in the 1940s and 1950s. Evidently in the 1920's flapper ladies wore flower corsages until the late 1940s when the flowers moved upwards.
However, when doing some research for this post, I could not find any pictures of flapper ladies-just lovelies in hats.
Sidney Fields Coligan wearing a fox fur hat, circa 1930 

Wearing a hat is considered to be good luck. Matching a hat and a dress can be quite a feat so ladies will often have hats custom made for them. 
Ladies carrying hat boxes at the Kentucky Derby.
Gorgeous Southern Belles in their hats.
Marisa Miller, celebrity spotting at the Derby.
Ladies purchasing the Derby's drink of choice, Mint Julep-bourbon, mint, sugar, and water.

One of these days I will have to attend the Kentucky Derby even though I know nothing about horses racing. If nothing else for an excuse to get dressed up and drink Mint Julep's AND to say that I have been to the Derby.

Sources: 
Style & Fashion, Women's Attire
Kentucky Derby hats-a Derby Tradition in 2010 and before
Kentucky Derby Fashion: History & Celebrity Inspiration
Kentucky Historical Society


Luv & smiles,
gina

16 thoughts:

kate funk said...

Oh I just LOVE the hats!!!

MsHark said...

I love the kentucky derby tradition of dressing up and wearing those big hats! Thanks for stopping by my blog! You missed this giveaway but if you are a follower you can keep track for the next one :)

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Becca. said...

lovely post, gorgeous hats!

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Julia mode said...

love your website =)

Kim said...

You have the coolest posts!! :D I really want a hat like Marisa's :D

WendyB said...

I don't think I've ever had a mint julep!

knk said...

great i like this post nice bloge

Valerie said...

Yes, one day I want to go just to wear a fun hat and drink mink juleps. Great post! I love hearing about the history of the Derby.

xo
Valerie

Robyn said...

I too was concerned for spring dresses and hats. Fun fact. We were at a bar for a bead contest on Saturday. People were betting on the derby in the back room. We walked in , and they said they had 4 horses left to bet on. I took two, and so did my boyfriend. Super Saver just sounded so thrifty. He had to be mine.... and that is how I won 18 dollars without trying. :)

Midtown Girl said...

Loving these hat pics!! I would love to attend the Derby one day (if only to wear a gorgeous hat);-)

Zanah said...

Love the posh looking hats ♥

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ellie said...

cool hats. love to try that drink too.

Ashley said...

These hats! I would love to go, just for the excuse to wear such an extravagant hat! Love it!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

kirstyb said...

ooooh la la i want a hat. thanks for the comment it made me giggle xxxxx

Josie said...

I've never been to the Kentucky Derby but would LOVE to go some day. The styles and hats are so fab!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Yours is darling and I can't wait for more!
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

ellie said...

thanks for the note. i'm still curious about those mint jubillees (sorry, I can't spell at the moment) I guess a true drink could be had there of those.

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