Once upon a time, there was an ostrich farm in South Pasadena, the Cawston Ostrich Farm, founded in 1886 by Edwin Cawston. In addition to providing visitors with rides in ostrich drawn carriages, Cawston made a living selling ostrich-feathered products: boas, capes, fans, and, of course, hats, which just so happens to be the area of expertise of Barbara Troeller, an historian of millinery. She’ll be giving a lecture this Thursday at the Pasadena Museum of History on the Cawston Ostrich Farm and the tickly role played by feathers in women’s fashion from 1870 to 1920. Troeller reportedly has an extensive personal collection of antique feathered hats and rare millinery plumage, which will be on display.
Attendees are highly encouraged to wear hats.
A Fine Feather: The Cawston Ostrich Farm, Feathers, and the Millinery Industry in the Early 20th Century
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Pasadena Museum of History
$15 / $10 members; reservations suggested
626.577.1660 ext. 10; pasadenahistory.org