28 Years of Kentucky Derby Hats: A Retrospective

Vicki Dortch shows off one of her many Dee’s-designed Derby Hats


Vicki Dortch has covered the Kentucky Derby for WLKY since 1988. That’s 28 years of hats, dresses, shoes and stamina. That’s 28 years of many hours of on-air coverage from dawn until midnight. She’s experienced every kind of weather, including some of the meteorological phenomenons that have been on display Derby week. Unlike most of us, all of her 28 years of looks are forever recorded in video and photography. We wanted to go back through all her looks and talk about the Derby fashions over the past 28 years.

Vicki was kind enough to gather together some of her favorite looks for us to ogle. While she does not have all of her 28 hats, she has kept most of the ones that she has worn, and for good reason. The majority of them were custom made by Lorie Laughead at Dee’s Crafts. Lorie knows her so well that she collects special feathers and ideas all year for Vicki’s Derby and Oaks hats.

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28 Years of Kentucky Derby Hats: A Retrospective

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