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Big Rose Hat Kentucky Derby 140
Big Rose Hat Kentucky Derby 140
Big Rose Hat Kentucky Derby 140
Big Rose Hat Kentucky Derby 140 Bri Mott
Big Rose Hat Kentucky Derby 140
Elegant pink Hat Kentucky Oaks 140
Longines Fashion Contest Kentucky Oaks
Elegant pink Hat Kentucky Oaks 140

Then came the day of the Derby, luckily the weather was perfect and the vibrant atmosphere hit you as soon as you entered Churchill Downs. My outfit for the Kentucky Derby was never going to be subtle, with over 165,000 people attending I had to pick something that would stand out. I made a giant rose headpiece that matched the Kentucky Derby theme. The Kentucky Derby is known as the “Run for the Roses” because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year.

As soon as I walked in I was asked for my first television interview, from then on I was constantly photographed by the professional photographers or random racegoers. I met so many wonderful warm charming people, Southern Hospitality is not a myth. I was also interviewed for NBC and Local WAVE TV Station and the Fashion at the Races, see video below.

Overall it was an amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone, it is a real party atmosphere with vibrant outfits on all the ladies and surprisingly some of the best outfits were worn by the men!! I’ll be back.

 
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