Explore the history of San Francisco through fashion. Featuring one of the most iconic collections of 20th- and 21st-century women’s clothing in the United States, this exhibition includes 100 collection highlights, along with local loans of high fashion and haute couture. The first major presentation of our costume collection in over 35 years, it showcases designs from French couturiers, Japanese avant-garde designers, and other pillars of the fashion industry, including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Christopher John Rogers, Comme des Garçons, and Rodarte. The designs on display, many never shown before, reflect San Francisco’s long-standing tradition of self-expression through fashion.
Kaisik Wong (American, 1950–1990). Circle and Cocoon Coats (detail), ca. 1970–1975. Black and white photograph, 34.9 x 27.9 cm (13 3/4 x 11 in.). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Gift of Alma Kay Wong, the Textile Arts Council Endowment Fund, Marian Clayden, Peggy Gordon, Pamela Ransom, Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Wilsey, Susan York and Various Donors, 1998.181.31. ©️ Estate of Kaisik Wong. Photograph by Jorge Bachmann
Have you ever wished you could try on the fashions you see in museum exhibitions? Well, now you can. Snapchat Augmented Reality Mirrors let you try on three iconic looks from our collection. The outfits, featured in Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style, include a 1955 “Soirée de Paris” dress by Yves Saint Laurent, a 1985 lamé outfit by San Francisco–designer Kaisik Wong, and a 1987 velvet gown by Valentino. With the help of Snap’s AR technology, the ensembles adapt to all body shapes and sizes, making an experience that’s truly for everyone.
Lights, camera, fashion! Strike a pose and share your glam moments with us using @deyoungmuseum and #FashioningSF.
Developed by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in partnership with Snapchat.
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Diane B. Wilsey
Yurie and Carl Pascarella
Denise Littlefield Sobel
The Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation
Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas
Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Additional support is provided by Sandra Bessières, Dr. Roger Budge and Ms. Leslee Jane Budge, The Mary A. Crocker Trust, Dana and Gregory Lee - Ted and Doris Lee Family Foundation, Cathy and Howard Moreland, Jan and Bob Newman, and Gwynned Vitello.