MOTHER HONORED AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Feb 8, 2016by tracey Comments

The Santa Barbara Historical Society has mounted a show in honor of my mother, Beverley Jackson. It’s not your average show.  It’s part fashion retrospective, part photo journalism to show the vibrancy of Santa Barbara in the 70’s and 80’s and  it’s part sociological study through my mother’s perspective  during her long career as a columnist and active member of – I guess you would say – Santa Barbara society.

The museum has done a wonderful job braiding the photos, the clothing, video footage and biographies of the colorful characters who inhabited and visited Santa Barbara during those decades.  It  really gives one a sense of what it was like to live there during that period.

For me it was like stepping into a time machine. I remembered the dresses, the events and the people. You walk in and there they all are, almost living and breathing again inside the Historical Society.

There is a video of my mother recounting some of the more interesting stories from the decades. It plays on a loop in the middle of the exhibition.

It was an interesting thing to see.  Many years of work and passions all coming together to capture a very special time and place.

Kudos also must go to the people who put the show together they have done an amazing job. Erin Graffey  curated the show.

The show is up until June if you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara.

If not, here are a few of the highlights.

 

This Luis Esteves gown was donated by Anne Douglas. the tuxedo belonged to Kirk Douglas.
This Luis Esteves gown was donated by Anne Douglas. the tuxedo belonged to Kirk Douglas.

 

The brown Halston in the middle which belonged to Annette Kahlil was one of my favorites.
The brown Halston in the middle which belonged to Annette Caleel was one of my favorites.
I don't remember who donated what. I do remember th middle dress Is Pierre Cardin.
I don’t remember who donated what. I do remember th middle dress Is Pierre Cardin. You can see the panels on the sides show specific events from the era and the clothes worn.
This dress belonged to my mother and was made for her by her dressmaker Ursula Parola. I spent many hours waiting in the car while mom was inside getting fitted for her clothing.
This dress belonged to my mother and was made for her by her dressmaker Ursula Parola. I spent many hours waiting in the car while mom was inside getting fitted for her clothing.
The Santa Barbara Historical Society is building up a nice costume collection. Many of these are part of it.
The Santa Barbara Historical Society is building up a nice costume collection. Many of these are part of it.

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This cape belongs to my mother.
This cape belongs to my mother.
Love this.
Love this.
On two sides of the room there are changing photos of celebrities and people who lived in Santa Barbara at the time. This is Ray Bradbury and the artist Jack Baker. Both sadly gone now.
On two sides of the room there are changing photos of celebrities and people who lived in Santa Barbara at the time. This is Ray Bradbury and the artist Jack Baker. Both sadly gone now.
Julia Child with Alex Comfort who wrote The Joy of Sex. Not often you see those two in one shot.
Julia Child with Alex Comfort who wrote The Joy of Sex. Not often you see those two in one shot.
The more conservative ladies of the time at Little Town Club in Santa Barbara.
The more conservative ladies of the time at Little Town Club in Santa Barbara.
Charles Shultz. I was there for this. I was there for many of these events. I still have the Snoopy doll he signed to me!
Charles Shultz. I was there for this. I was there for many of these events. I still have the Snoopy doll he signed to me!
Beverley being honored.
Beverley being honored.
Speaking to the crowd.
Speaking to the crowd.
The invitation and poster that hangs on the wall of the museum. Probably my mother's favorite photo of herself - ever.
The invitation and poster that hangs on the wall of the museum. Probably my mother’s favorite photo of herself – ever.