From hats to masks at this year's Kentucky Derby

Posted at 1:26 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 14:34:06-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Christine A. Moore has designed Derby hats and fascinators for everyone from celebrities, even for LEX 18 in year's past. She's now making custom masks to go with those Derby hats or people who are celebrating derby day in style, at home.

For Christine Moore, the months leading up to derby are the busiest time of the year. "Just hat making from January, really to June, mid-July. We're just so slammed."

A milliner, Moore's company makes thousands of hats and fascinators, for fans at Keeneland, Churchill downs and other tracks. After the Derby was postponed in the spring, Moore put their creativity to use, in the only way they know. Months later, they've made over 2,000 masks.

"What do we do? We do whatever's in front of us in that situation. So, people started donating to us, to donate to the hospitals. We were sending masks down to essential workers in Kentucky. Mostly in Kentucky and New York."

Moore and her team have turned their love for creativity and development, into fashion. "Because we are going to do this for a while, I've been making velvet masks for the wintertime, and wool."

While 2020 hasn't been the year Moore, or anyone else, expected, she's excited for what's to come, as they've been designing their fall collection. "People are working harder than they ever have worked because they're figuring out new avenues to create a life and generate income. It's exciting to see, this is the American spirit."