NEWS FROM THE COSTUME CHAIR
by Louise Coffey-Webb, Costume Committee Chair
“Fiesta time” is always so much fun – everyone’s in a party mood! It’s especially fun to show off Fiesta items from the past at the ARC and this year was no different.
So many visitors enjoyed the Fiesta memorabilia. They all had their own stories and memories to share, especially the “baby boomers” who remember when Fiesta La Ballona was a week-long event with a parade and many related events.
MANNEQUIN WITH A HISTORY!
I want to thank a colleague and Culver City neighbor, Ali Brown, for donating a mannequin for the display of the Fiesta Princess dress shown below. It came from Carnell Kirkeeng, Ali’s grandfather who amassed a phenomenal historic fashion collection, reaching back over 100 years. Perhaps in a future column we will tell more about this amazing collection.
This particular Fiesta Princess dress is a Rosalie Utterback original, circa 1951. It is made of a bright yellow rayon with a black lace mantilla. It’s a beauty and the craftsmanship is superb.
I invite you all to come visit the ARC and share your memories and ideas on the first and third Saturdays of each month and by appointment – call us at (310) 253.6941.