Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade.
Exquisite gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses will be on display, from the sleek satin gowns of the 1940s, to the tulle confections of William Cahill in the 1950s and ’60s, and the modern-day glamour of Tadashi Shoji.
Photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition will enhance the exhibit, as well as daywear, accessories and jewelry from the court wardrobes, generously on loan from former members of the Royal Court.
Special highlights include queens’ crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses, and the gown of 1940 Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest living Rose Queen.
The exhibition galleries will be open noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St. For more information, visit pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1660.

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