Field Notes

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

We recently visited, “The West-Dressed Woman” exhibit which is open through March 2019. The gallery featured daily wear to high-fashion from socialites. Women’s contributions to this region are recognized from the social and physical fabrics they left us. You will be mesmerized by the dresses that cascade on the dress-forms in an elegant manner and rotate so that you will be able to appreciate every angle.

“The exhibition features some of the finest and most interesting pieces from the Museum’s extensive costume collection. Some of the highlights will include garments belonging to local luminaries such as Ganna Walska of Lotusland; Huguette Clark, owner of Bellosguardo; and community activist Pearl Chase.

Other fascinating, eccentric, and historical costumes from our collection will show the variety and breadth of our collection as well as the unique women who wore them. The role of guest curator for this special exhibition is held by Sharon Bradford.”

Don’t miss the permanent collection exhibit that shares the local history of Santa Barbara. Every age will be informed with the variety of artifacts and stories of pioneers.

The Edward Borein gallery is a fascinating display to this artist’s lifestyle and talented career. The homage to cowboy culture alone will make you want to read each text panel in detail.

Address: 136 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805.966.1601

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