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Christine A. Moore

Christine Moore is the most celebrated milliner in the history of American horse racing. She started her career in the world of theater as a costume designer and quickly began making hats for regional theatre productions. In 1990 she moved to NYC to work for renowned milliner Rodney Gordon where she spent four years making hats for Opera and Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Cats.


In 1994 she established Christine A. Moore Millinery based in New York City on 34th Street between the fashion and accessories districts. Although Christine designs a wide range of women and men’s hats, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, four of which have been displayed in the Kentucky Derby Museum where she has been a featured milliner 2021- 2023.  


In 2020 she appeared as a contestant on the ABC game show To Tell the Truth where she stumped the celebrity panel.


In 2019 Christine was featured in the Visit the USA; Kentucky Derby tourism film (part of the United Stories series) and was featured in the 2018 Netflix film 7 Days Out, a behind the scenes look at the Kentucky Derby.  


In 2009 she partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the Official Barbie Derby hat, and in that same year her hats were featured on the official Kentucky Derby poster. Christine has been on Fox and Friends six times and the TODAY show eight times live from Churchill Downs where NBC calls her “The Milliner to the Triple Crown”. She has been named Featured Milliner of The Kentucky Derby five times and was the first milliner bestowed this title in their entire history. 


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In 2022 Christine was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel - established in 1793 it is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky and recognizes an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the state of Kentucky and the nation.  


In 2018 she designed the Official Belmont Stakes 150th Anniversary Women’s and Men’s hats that were signed by Triple Crown Winner Justify (his hoof print) and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, and in 2017 she designed the Official Arlington Million 35th Anniversary hat. In 2001 she won the prestigious Milli Design award, and in 2000 her hat won the Tavern on The Green Most Beautiful Easter Bonnet award.  She is the first milliner in history to develop “Official” and “Featured” partnership titles in horseracing. Christine is the official milliner for Breeders’ Cup, America’s Best Racing, the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and featured designer at the Preakness Stakes, Keeneland, and the Florida Derby. Christine has partnered with Longines and many companies helping to highlight fashion trends at racing events across the country. In the early days of the pandemic Christine kept her staff working and donated thousands of masks to the states of Kentucky, New York, and many other states.


Christine’s hats have graced many magazine covers including InStyle with Katy Perry, Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez, Sophisticated Living, SENSE Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, and was the first milliner to be showcased on the cover of Churchill Downs Magazine. She has designed for Jewel, Kirsten Collins, Kate Upton, Steffi Graf, Tara Lipinsky, Carson Kressley, Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Dylan Dreyer, Tori Kelly, various Miss Kentucky and Miss Connecticut USA winners and many others. Her hats have been showcased on television shows including Nashville, The Carrie Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Horse Players.  Christine currently hosts The Christine and Kirby Show, a weekly Instagram show with Kirby Adams, a feature reporter and news anchor for broadcast television.


Christine’s hats are available at some of the finest boutiques and hotels throughout the country. Other collections include the Blake Collection for men; casual collections for Summer, Beach, Fall, Winter, Resort; and a Dessert Collection unveiled at “Taste of the World”, a Breeders’ Cup 2016 event at Warner Bros. Studios.


Each of her creations is dyed to the desired color, blocked on wooden forms, wired, lined, and signature hand-made trim applied for a unique and elegant finish. Christine A. Moore Millinery is known for their fine finishing work, attention to detail and customer service. Her designs are light in weight creating a softer and more wearable product. Each hat is individually made with great care in NYC, USA.

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