De Anza Daughters model period fashions


At De Anza Chapter’s recent 78th anniversary celebration held at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, members and guests modeled period fashions from The Women’s Museum of San Diego. Ashley Gardener, director of the museum and former television news personality, brought clothing based on guest models’ heights and sizes. Gardener showed her great sense of humor and ease with impromptu public speaking as she narrated, filling in with historical details and putting the guest models at ease. The chapter enjoyed seeing about one-third of the attendees wearing the vintage outfits, including handbags, furs, hats and gloves.

The Women’s Museum clothing gave the Daughters a glimpse into their grandmothers’ lives back to colonial times. The Women’s Suffrage Movement was illustrated in dress, including an original sign carried during the 1908 California Equal Suffrage Association march.

Presently located at 2323 Broadway, Suite 107, San Diego, 92102, the museum plans to relocate to larger quarters in order to display more of its extensive collection. Its goal is to move to the Promenade at Liberty Station or Balboa Park. The museum sustains itself through grants, contributions from the public via memberships and bequeaths. Its mission is to educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience.

De Anza members are from Cardiff, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Leucadia, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and other nearby areas. The chapter was founded in 1934 and has over 100 members. It meets in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, call Bettybob Williams 858-344-6233 or visit