Two tulle dresses with sequins on mannequins

(L) Christian Dior (1905–1957), Evening gown “Venus,” Fall/Winter 1949. Silk bobbin net with glass seed beads, plastic pearls, plastic sequins, metal sequins, and glass rhinestones in copper alloy settings, silk plain weave, nylon horsehair. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of I. Magnin & Company, 49.25.1a–c; (R) Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957), Evening gown “Junon,” Fall/Winter 1949. Silk bobbin net, silk gros de Tours, plastic sequins, gelatin sequins, nylon horsehair. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of I. Magnin & Company, 49.25.2a–b. Photographs by Randy Dodson, © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style

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.

In the news

  • A deep-dive into women’s local fashion history through the work of over 50 fashion designers.

    Jamie Ferrell, Secret San Francisco
  • This exhibition aims to prove ‘San Francisco does, and has always had, style.’

    Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle


AR Experience

a black and white photograph of a woman in a lamé coat with large sleeves and collar

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.

Presenting Sponsor
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn

Lead Sponsor
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Diane B. Wilsey

Major Support
Yurie and Carl Pascarella
Denise Littlefield Sobel
Christine Suppes

Significant Support
Carole McNeil
The Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation

Generous Support
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.

AR Partner

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