Theater Costume shop students design unusual Derby fashion accessories

University of Louisville students have taken their talents from the theater department’s costume shop to design attire for a different type of stage – the Kentucky Derby – using a cigar box and vintage hat.

“Each year we have a Project Runway design competition with the students,” said costume shop manager Melissa Shepherd. “This year, six students created an original hat and matching purse with a $40 budget limit to reflect the persona of their imaginary clients.”

Those clients included the typical Derby attendees – a rock star, infield fan, high stakes gambler, millionaire’s row lady and horse trainer’s wife.

The students have loaned their unusual creations to the Kentucky Derby Museum. They will be on display through July 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Regular admission to the museum, which includes the exhibit, is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors age 55 and over, $11 for young adults ages 13-18, $6 for children ages 5-12, free for children age five and under. The Kentucky Derby Museum is at 704 Central Ave.

A photo gallery of "Project Derby" can be viewed on the Kentucky Derby Museum website: Current Exhibit