Poplin Derby Dress



Color: Tulip Print
Product Details
  • 100% cotton poplin
  • Flattering sweetheart neckline and side-seam pockets
  • Princess seams
  • Below the knee
  • Scoop neckline at back
  • Center back zipper
  • Lined in 100% cotton

The Most Exciting Two Minutes.

May 17, 1875. A sunny Monday. 10,000 spectators gather at Churchill Downs to watch the first Derby.

Aristides wins. The crowd roars. Exciting times.

Even the fashion offers a thrill. American women of the day are still generally skeptical about horse racing as a respectable pursuit (the gambling, the drinking), so race founder Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. and his wife present the race to Louisville ladies as an opportunity to share a picnic with friends. The dress code: full morning dress for both men and women.

The ladies show up, dressed to the nines.

145 years on, look at you, holding up standards.

You've got your eye on the chestnut. A long shot at 65-1, but you have a hunch. Place your bets. Win, place, show. Slip the tickets into your pocket.

You had a feeling about this dress, too, and look how that turned out.

Poplin Derby Dress (No. 5982). Classic fit and flare in an extravagant floral print on 100% cotton poplin from the Ratti Mill in Italy. Flattering sweetheart neckline and side-seam pockets. Princess seams. Below the knee. Scoop neckline at back. Center back zipper. Lined in 100% cotton. Imported.