Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court

PMH will be closed on 11/23 & 11/24. We will reopen on 11/25.

September 2, 2017 through February 11, 2018

In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen® in 2018, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. From the first Royal Court in 1905, young women of Pasadena and its environs have graced the Tournament of Roses and served as ambassadors for the city of Pasadena almost every year. This unique exhibition explores the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Coronation and Rose Parade.

Tournament of Roses royal crown

One of Pasadena's royals - the 1940 Rose Queen

Exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses are on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, all generously lent by former members of the Royal Court, beginning with the gown of Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest surviving Queen (1940 court). 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, the elegance of the Royal Court is celebrated. Vivid photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition enhance the exhibit, including original design drawings of the Queen’s Float. A special highlight is Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.

Thank you to our Signature Sponsor: Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

With generous support provided by: Mike Sumner Painting; Fiesta Parade Floats; French Hand Laundry; McGregor Shott, Inc.; and Sharp Seating Company

1960s and 70s Rose Court gowns

1965 Rose Queen gown

1950 Rose Court gowns

Curator-led Exhibition Tours

Group tours are available for this exhibition upon request. Exhibition tours are approximately one-hour long. Tickets: $15/person. Group size: 10-20 people.

To inquire about scheduling an exhibition tour, please contact us at 626.577.1660, ext. 26 or info@pasadenahistory.org.

Images: Rose Queen® crown, 1993-2004, loan courtesy of The Pasadena Tournament of Roses®; The Coronation gown and crown of 1940 Rose Queen, Margaret Huntley, are on view in the exhibition (Pasadena Star-New Collection); Rose Queen® and Rose Princess gowns on display in the exhibition. Photos by Aaron Gil.