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Madame Ganna Walska in
fashionable hat of the day (circa 1920's)

Madame Ganna Walska in Lotusland
garden sporting large flowered hat

Past Exhibits

"Hats on Parade"

People have been covering their heads since the beginning of time. Originally head coverings provided protection from the elements, injury from falling objects, weapons or masonry. Later these “hats” became a symbol of status or authority. The taller the hat, the more status you had. After a time not only were hats part of a uniform but they became an art form.

This special exhibit, presented by the Historical Museum’s Costume Council, showcases hat design through the decades (1880’s through the 1980’s). Fun, funky and functional many of these millinery creations are part of the Historical Museum’s collection with several on loan from the Lompoc Historical Society and local Valley residents.

A special feature of the exhibit is a display of eccentric hats once owned by Ganna Walska, famous opera singer and owner of the Lotusland estate in Montecito. On loan from the Lotusland collection these hats have never been on display in a museum setting.

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