When the starting gate bell sounds at Churchill Downs next weekend, some 150 women in the crowd will be wearing the creations of Diane Siverson, a Post Falls hat-maker. Siverson, 64, became a milliner eight years ago, initially creating hats targeted to Red Hat Society members. Now she’s selling 250 to 300 hats a year and the biggest segment of that business is Kentucky Derby hats. The Derby is a fashion parade, with women showing off spring dresses and elaborate headdresses, much as Royal Ascot is in England. Other racetracks in the United States have also adopted the hat-centric tradition in various forms. Siverson began selling to that market when she and her husband, Ron, created a website for her Lady Diane Hats. The hats range from small “fascinators” that were popularized by the wedding of the former Kate Middleton and Prince William last year, to a monumental creation that looks like a feathery wedding cake/Addy Hatch, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Diane Siverson creates and sells custom-made hats from her home in Post Falls)
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