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Friday, September 4, 2020

PHOTOS: This U.C. DAAP Grad is Tackling Derby Fashion One Mask at a Time

Louisville-based designer and UC DAAP grad Kenzie Kapp has taken Derby fashion to new heights with her matching masks. (Img:

By Jessie Eden

Fashion has always been a huge part of the Kentucky Derby and although things are a little crazy this year, that doesn't mean you can't still show off your prized Derby hat...and a face mask to match.

While perusing Instagram, I found this talented Louisville, Kentucky designer Kenzie Kapp and she is is doing beautiful work with hats and masks this year for the Derby.

The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) graduate has a Bachelor of Design specializing in Fashion Design. According to her bio on her website, Kenzie knew from a young age that she had a passion for fashion when she would explore her grandmother, Mary Lou's, sewing room.

Kenzie wears her hat design "Derby Livin'" with a butterfly mask made by her grandmother, Mary Lou.
(Img: Instagram @kenziekapp)

After graduation, Kenzie worked in many cities across the U.S. but soon found herself back in Louisville in 2008 where she launched Kenzie Kapp, LLC.

She also offers classes to children and people of all ages to "expose all people to the limitless nature of creativity, so that they may share it with the world and continue to explore, create, practice, and grow as designers."

Check out her 2020 Kentucky Derby designs below and be sure to check her out on instagram too!

"Midnight Rider"

"9 to 5"

"Pretty in Pink"

"Orange CRUSH"


Left: "Red Cadillac" // Fancy Facemasks // Right: "The Gambler"

"Derby JOY"

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