Due to popular demand, Mad for Hats! will remain on view at Pasadena Museum of History through Sunday, September 25, 2011. The exhibition, originally scheduled to close in early June, explores a century of hats, both as fashion and as a reflection on our changing society from the 1860s to 1960s. More than 100 hats and related photographs, selected from the Museum’s collections, showcase the various materials, styles, and shapes of ladies hats over the years. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays.
“Visitors from Pasadena and well beyond truly are Mad for Hats!,” explains PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley. “This stunning display of millinery fashion provides a unique context in which to consider the societal forces that shaped people’s lives, as well as their clothing choices. The public is responding to this exhibition with great enthusiasm, and it has been especially rewarding to see many of our visitors – both women and men – arrive wearing their favorite hats!”
Mad for Hats! was curated by Elizabeth Smalley, M.D., Museum Trustee and chair of the Museum’s Collections Committee; Suzanne Ehrmann, jewelry designer and Museum collections volunteer; and Janet Kadin, PMH Volunteer Council President. Antique Millinery Specialist Barbara Troeller is the Museum’s Resident Millinery Historian during the run of this exhibition.
Location and Tickets
Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Exhibition admission is $5 adults; $4 students & seniors; free for children under 12 and for Museum Members. The Museum offers free admission (i.d. required) on Wednesdays to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Pasadena and surrounding communities. Please visit www.pasadenahistory.org for a complete listing of cities eligible for the “Community Wednesdays” offer.
In-depth, docent-led tours of the exhibition Mad For Hats! will be offered at 12:15 pm on Fridays through September 23. An optional Tea following the 45-60-minute tour has been arranged for tour participants at the charming Tea Rose Garden in Old Pasadena. Directions will be provided at the conclusion of each tour.
Tickets: Tour - Museum Members $4; Non-Members $8. Tea - $25 (payable at restaurant; 20% of your restaurant bill will be donated to the Museum). Advanced reservation & tour payment required. Please call 626.577.1660, ext. 15 and ask for the "Tour and Tea Package."
General Information: For additional information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.