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The Western Region of CSA is, geographically, the largest in North America, spanning three time zones, two nations and the Pacific Ocean. It covers Alaska, Alberta, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Washington, and Wyoming. Currently, CSA's Western Region has the largest membership among the regional groups.

CSA Western members are working professionals in costume or fashion with many serving as faculty members in higher education and as museum curators and preparators. Others are enthusiasts who passionately study, design or construct objects of clothing or other wearable materials. Our members also collect, wear or deal in vintage clothing or ethnic clothing. Many are theatrical costumers, motion picture and television costume designers or theme park costume designers.

The Western Region develops our members personally and professionally by presenting programs, funding students and providing speaking and publishing opportunities for scholarly research. CSA Western offers many opportunities to meet and learn from colleagues and to meet other members throughout the nation.

As I begin my term as Western Region President, I’d like to highlight some of our recent (2011-2012) programs:

• Highly successful curator-led tours of Fashion in the Middle Ages and Paris: Life & Luxury at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

• An illustrated lecture on Florence Boynton and the Suffragettes of Berkeley

• Curators’ tour of Fabulous: Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010 and behind-the-scenes lectures at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles

• A behind-the-scenes tour and lecture of the Levi Strauss Archive in San Francisco

• Our 2012 Regional Symposium, held at the William S. Hart Ranch & Museum, presented scholarly research papers by our members

Whatever your interest in costume and fashion, CSA will deepen your knowledge and enrich your experience and connect you with other enthusiasts.

Heather Vaughan
President, Western Region 2012-2014




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