Museum Musings: what the fashionistas are wearing

Ngozi is 8


I was reminded after posting the photos of my young friend Ngozi wearing checks and checks, and Jessica in her beautiful outfit in earlier posts,  that I’ve still got several months worth of  fashionista photos to share with you.

I took most of the following photos during lunch breaks at the Museum, but if somewhere else, I’ve identified the place.

For instance, I photographed this shop window near Laurel Canyon, early in the summer.

summer shoes

And the shoes below were spotted at a shop on State Street, Santa Barbara’s main shopping street when Mr F and I were there in September.

a window of a shoe shop

I’d love to see someone  trying to walk in them 🙂

Mister "checks with checks"

A lot of people – both male and female – are wearing bright colors,

yellow and red

like this guy who made sure I included his shoes in the photo.

One day at lunch I sat on a bench next to a charming Italian man who was wearing bright pink pants, with a purple shirt, and when he left an Asian man in bright orange pants and a yellow tee-shirt sat down.

I didn’t photograph them…

I was surprised to see a Spanish-speaking woman wearing a bright pink top and orange-red skirt. Wow! Bright! But was even more surprised the next week, when I saw an Italian woman in the same colors.

I didn’t photograph them …

A guy wore this shirt with the words to the Beatles song “her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl..”

“I didn’t know it was a Beatles song when I bought the shirt,” he told me.

Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl...


Lyrics on the shirt:

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
but she doesn’t have a lot to say
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day-to-day

I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a bellyful of wine
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
Someday I’m going to make her mine, oh yeh,
someday I’m going to make her mine.


I took this photo because of her striped tee-shirt (which you can’t see that clearly).

Everyone who walked past me during this particular lunch hour was wearing tee-shirts with horizontal blue and whitestripes“.

this odd style of sun dress was very popular this summer

as were shorts with boots

she sewed her childrens' socks on her tee-shirt

When this woman walked past my cash register I was fascinated to see the socks on her tee-shirt.  “Why do you have socks on your shirt?” I asked.

“I have three children – two boys and a girl,” she said, “I saved a pair of their baby socks, and sewed them onto the tee-shirt.”

She came back later to introduce two of her children to me: polite, friendly young man and woman in their early twenties.

This proud mother had saved their socks all these years.

stripes and checks


Another man wearing stripes and checks.


Not the best photo



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More photos of shoes:

These shoes were bought in New York City

This Japanese girl who was beautifully dressed told me she bought her shoes when she was in New York City last week.

She was very proud that I wanted to photograph them.

Her boyfriend was even prouder…



I saw these sandals at a museum in Pasadena

More winter shoes from Santa Barbara…

Leopard print shoes

upholstery shoes


Walking around State Street that Saturday afternoon in September we came upon a bride standing in the lobby of a beautifully restored old theater. “When did you get married?” I asked her.

“I’m not married yet. I’m waiting to walk down the aisle…” she said.

September bride

and her Bridesmaids

I realize that I haven’t shown a single photo of mens’ shoes. Is it because they aren’t eye-catching? I don’t know. Hey guys,  come to my cash register and show me your shoes. I’m going to photograph your footwear for a future post…

Louis XIV


In the meantime, here’s a 1701 painting of Louis XIV in his Coronation Robes, where the French monarch proudly shows off his shapely legs and fashionable shoes… oh my…

detail of Louis XIV's shoes

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29 Responses to Museum Musings: what the fashionistas are wearing

  1. E fullstop says:

    Nice collection of stories and photos!

    I’ll have to get J to stop by your register soon. His shoe collection has serious style…but then I bet your own JB’s is pretty stunning. Sounds like we have the foundation of a men’s shoe post.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello E,
      I’m glad to know you enjoyed my little fashion show.

      Yes please tell J to stop by my register and show me his shoes. LOL you’re right that my JB also has some fancy footwear – both his shoes and his socks. Unfortunately I don’t get to see him, or his shoes very often…

      GUYS, this is an open invitation for all of you with a serious shoe style to please come to my register. We need to show the world what you’re walking in…

  2. magsx2 says:

    OMG, those shoes in the shops are unreal, I agree who would be able to walk in those, I’m sure at my age I would break something. 🙂
    Love the photo’s.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Mags,
      I love being able share what I see with both my words and my photos. The shoes in the shops were so crazy, but if I didn’t have my camera with me, and if I’d just written “the shoes are unreal and crazy” without the photos, I don’t think you could have imagined how weird they really are.

  3. souldipper says:

    Oh my gosh, Rosie, this was far more interesting than going to a mall! You’ve done all the keen eye work for us. Loved the whole display! I’d wrestle that young lady for those New York shoes!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Amy,
      I don’t know about you but I dislike going to the mall. Intensely. So I’m glad that the fashionistas come to my register, and was delighted when a walk down a street in Santa Barbara was so fun. I guess I should’ve tried some of those shoes on to tell you whether one could indeed make steps while wearing them…

      Ah those NYC shoes … I know how you love shoes, because you wrote a post about those beautiful red boots you recently bought and wore to go to the supermarket.

  4. Cindy says:

    Bwahahaha, is all I can say, some of those shoes are just ridiculous. I’d wear the upholstery ones … and my nails are yellow-varnished, the same shade as that gent’s pants 🙂

  5. Val says:

    I don’t understand how anyone can get their feet in boots and shoes like that (the platform heels) let alone walk in them! The highest boots I’ve ever managed were about an inch and a half… !

    I love the look of the Japanese girl’s shoes… wouldn’t do for me though! 😉

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Val,
      I have never managed to wear any kind of heel. I’m a fuddy-duddy who wears flat shoes.

      The Japanese girl would be thrilled to know her shoes are getting the most votes.

  6. I can barely handle wearing flats so those shoes had me in awe.

  7. dearrosie says:

    Sometimes I hold my breath as I watch women walk across the slippery marble, or shiny wooden floors, because their shoes are so flimsy and their heels so high that I’m sure they’re going to slip and break a limb any minute.

  8. California seems like another planet to me, fashion-wise! I can’t say I’ve ever seen a parade of people wearing fashions like the ones filing by you here in New England. Or is it a city thing? Maybe I should do some people-watching in Boston or New York to see what’s new lately… I don’t do malls, heels or cities very well…

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Barbara,
      You know I didn’t realize that I’m seeing the height of fashion at the museum. I wonder whether you’d see similar shoes in Boston or NYC?

      What about the rest of you? What kind of shoes are people wearing where you live?

      • People around here wear walking shoes, oxfords, hiking boots, sandals… for the most part.

      • dearrosie says:

        That’s the kind of shoes I wear 🙂

        Another thing to remember is we see tourists from all over the world. I’ve noticed that the women who wear the most fashionable clothes and outrageous high-heel shoes are very often from South Korea, China or Japan.

  9. jane tims says:

    I’ll have to get a pair of those ‘patchwork’ shoes. They are terrific. Jane

  10. Priya says:

    Ooh! You must meet me when I am in that mood! I mix all kinds of colours and love, love, love it! If I ever visit your museum, I think I am going to try to be in the said mood, so that you can take my picture, too!

    Absolutely love the grass in the show-windows. Can’t say the same about the shoes, I am afraid. Fruits of sheep-walking.

    • dearrosie says:

      Priya, it would give me the greatest pleasure to see you dressed “in all kinds of colors” at my cash register. You have an open invitation to surprise me 🙂

      I’m not sure what you mean by the “grass in the windows”….?

  11. What a fun post! Shoe art. It reminds me of the teacup art exhibit at LACMA some years ago. I have too many cute, unwearable shoes, I’m afraid…. Jessica just bought a new pair for work that I should photograph for you. You could create a whole shoe collection! : )

  12. I’m a total shoe person, not like Imelda Marcos, but I do like variety. We travel alot and also spend alot of time in NYC, so I pack comfortable and fashionable shoes in every suitcase. But at home, most days I slosh around in my UGG slippers, occasionally forgetting I have them on as I run into town. Oh well, I’m getting to that age when people can call me that crazy old lady who goes around in her slippers!

    I happen to think shoes can make an entire outfit (and break it too!!) and when someone has on really well made shoes, you can spot them right away. But I draw the line at about 3″ heels – after that, I’d fall right over on my face. Recently I was at a formal dance and had very high heels on and by morning, I thought I’d have to amputate both feet. It was not a fun evening. No wonder podiatrists make alot of money!!

    Rosie, great photos, all. And I love Santa Barbara. One of my brood lived there for years and we got to know it well. Aaah, I could live there in a heartbeat.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi EOS,
      It’s good to meet someone who owns up to being a shoe person 🙂 You cant go to NYC without comfortable walking shoes, but there are times and places when you can wear fashionable shoes in the city.

      I could never spend an evening dancing in very high heels. I don’t think I could even walk out the shop in them, so I’m not surprised your feet ached so badly the next day. Would you wear high heels like that at another dance?

      I think so many people wear UGG slippers when they go out that they’ve become an acceptable item of footwear. I see them at the Museum.

      Pleased to know you also know and love Santa Barbara. (I was there last weekend.) I still haven’t shared any of my Santa Barbara photos. Forthcoming posts…

  13. I love this. Have you seen the miniature shoe collections in the gift shops? I love looking as I don’t need to collect another thing as we downsize. All of your pictures were fun.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Georgettesullins,
      Can I call you Georgette? Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my pictures.

      We sold miniature “Marie Antoinette era” shoes at a previous exhibition – male and female shoes. They were beautiful.

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