LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The railbird runway is the place to see and be seen when it comes to hat couture. From celebrities walking the red carpet to infield fashion, what you wear to watch the races matters on the first Saturday in May,
The tradition dates back to the very earliest Kentucky Derby.
“Hats were part of a regular ensemble, a fashionable ensemble in the 1870s when the Kentucky Derby began and they really stayed an important part of outfits for ladies and gentlemen through the 1960s,” said Jessica Whitehead, curator of collections at Kentucky Derby Museum.
Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., the founder of the derby, was enamored with the grand horse races he attended in England, and wanted to create a similar elegant event here.
“They wanted to bring some of that glitz and glamor to the Kentucky Derby,” said Whitehead.
Some of the hats worn to