Friday Nights at the de Young Are Back!

What do Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga, Don Draper and Frida Kahlo all have in common? They're all themes featured in Season Eight of Friday Nights at the de Young. After a four-month hiatus, the de Young opens Season Eight tonight, Friday, March 30, with a bigger than ever community party celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk .

The Odyssey

The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo courtesy FAMSF

If you haven’t been to a Friday Night, this is the year to make that trek to Golden Gate Park. It’s all happening at the de Young: unique after-hours themed “happenings” from 5–8:45 pm include a mix of live music, DJ music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, special performances, hands-on art activities and exhibition tours.

Atelier Petrushka

Young fashionistas styled by Atelier Petrushka

Tonight, Strut the Runway! Stomp out your fiercest runway walk in Wilsey Court. The professional fashionistas and fabulous backstage personalities from Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, Atelier Emmanuel, San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Monique Jenkinson (aka Fauxnique) and Atelier Petrushka will orchestrate the evening's festivities.

Emmanuel Hair

Hair designed by Atelier Emmanuel

DJs A plus D/ Bootie will get keep the party going, spinning mash-ups from the last four decades of Jean Paul Gaultier’s fascinating career, including hits by Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and more. The pros in black will guide fashionistas, the sculpted models will wow visitors and lend inspiration, sailors will escort the models on to the modeling platform and much more!

JPG Sailor

The captain, Mr. Jean Paul Gaultier himself!

In addition, the de Young Café offers a delicious Friday Night menu with specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8:15 pm. And don't miss the Museum Store, which features gorgeious Jean Paul Gaultier inspired items!

Artist Fellows
, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights the place to be!

All public programs are free ! The museum does not close on Friday afternoons, so make a night of it—come early, get your special exhibition tickets (yes, tickets are required for galleries!) and eat dinner first so you have enough time to enjoy all the sights and sounds of art come to life!