The Kentucky Derby best dressed list [SLIDESHOW]

There are few places where you can experience the aura of another era. Churchill Downs is one of them.

Once a year, on a Saturday in May, the well-groomed and impeccably dressed flock to Louisville to indulge in mint juleps and admire the finest horses of the first jewel in the Triple Crown.

Myriad aspects of the Derby are unique, but perhaps the most notable is the fashion.  Everyone partakes: women sport elaborate hats, men don their finest suits, jockeys wear smart silks and (very lucky) horses are draped in roses.

Right now, a privileged few are putting together the final touches of their looks to impress their fellow Derby guests. We expect to see great things on Saturday, both on and off the track. Until then, here are fashions from last year’s event:

(To see a video of preparations for this year’s event, click here)