The Witte Museum is proud to announce its 2012 Fiesta exhibition, Designed for Royalty: Staging the Coronation, on view in the Betty Coates Textile Gallery April 19 through August 26, 2012. The Witte has a long-standing tradition of displaying actual coronation gowns as part of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration. This year, the exhibit explores the designs behind the Order of the Alamo Coronation, from the gowns to the stage. Also on display are artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection that complement the artifacts represented in each train.
The highlight of this year’s exhibition, and inspiration for the Witte’s 2012 Fiesta pin, is the gown worn by Marcella Leanora Heard Billups, Princess of the Glory and Grandeur of France in the 1993 Court of the Napoleonic Empire. The gown features sparkling gold bees with gold trim and a deep purple velvet background. The Witte’s 2012 Fiesta pin is available for purchase in the Witte Museum Store.
Designed for Royalty: Staging the Coronation is generously supported by Lucille and Jim Travis and the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission, Inc.
The exhibit is included with museum admission. For more information call 210.357.1900 or visit www.wittemuseum.org.