April 7 - Mad about Hats! A talk with Master Milliner Jenny Pfanenstiel

Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 148th Kentucky Derby Jenny Pfanenstiel sets up shop at the NSLM. Pfanenstiel will discuss how she got started in the hat business, the various millinery materials and vintage machines she is famous for, and her century old hat blocks. Pfanenstiel will break down the relationship of hats and the Kentucky Derby and, most importantly, will reveal the proper way of wearing different types of hats. Don’t miss out on a hands-on opportunity to see the raw materials, hat blocks, and hats that are part of her art.

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Speaker Biography

Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery is internationally recognized for her award winning craft of hand creating and sculpting hats using the highest quality and rare materials found all over the world. Jenny has been named the Featured Milliner of the 146th, 147th, and 148th Kentucky Derby and the Official Milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum.  In 2015, Jenny published book, “The Making of a Milliner” about millinery and a “how to” with different hat making projects.  Jenny has collaborated with an array of companies to create hats for their collections and productions including:  Co-branded Derby collections with Vineyard Vines, Covet Fashion Style App, American Express, Goodman Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet.  Jenny is also a hat designer for McCall Patterns and creates flat pattern hats through the Formé Millinery label.    

Jenny has created hats for some of the world’s most fashionable people, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Neil Diamond, Barbara Corcoran, and Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe. You can find her hat collections in specialty boutiques around the world and in magazines such as, Southwest In-Flight Magazine, Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, and Belle Armoire.  In addition to her accolades with the Kentucky Derby, Jenny has been named the Featured Milliner at Keeneland, and featured on CNN, NBC Sports, FOX News, and The Oprah Show.  In 2019, she was selected as a Tory Burch Fellow through the Tory Burch Foundation.

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