Last year I was excited to learn that the High Style exhibit was coming to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. This exhibit contains garments from the Brooklyn Museum's (apparently extensive) costume collection.
A friend, Nora (my former Bus Buddy from Google), arranged an outing, with another former Googler, Joanne, to check it out. I don't get to the Legion of Honor too often, and this was the day before Easter Sunday. The Legion of Honor is perched high on the western end of San Francisco and enjoys breathtaking ocean views, at least when the weather permits. And it was cooperating on Saturday. (Sunday, however, was another story.)
This exhibit fills several rooms and offers a survey of the history of fashion. It starts with dresses from the flapper era by the Callot Soeurs and Lanvin, and then moves through time, ending with Scaasi in 1985. A highlight was Charles James' work from the 1950s. Two rooms were dedicated to James, with special focus on the architecture of his Cloverleaf Dress, as well as some of his drawings and muslins. He bequeathed much of his in-process work to the Brooklyn Museum.
Here are some of the photos that I took, using my iPhone in poor lighting conditions. (Sorry they aren't better. If you catch any errors in the comments beneath the garments, please let me know and I'll correct them. I took photos of some of the placards, but not all, and I might have gotten a few facts mixed up.) There is an accompanying book for the exhibit, which I did not buy. (So let me know if you have it and love it.)
The exhibit opened several weeks ago and I've been surprised I haven't seen more chatter about it on the inter webs from other local bloggers. Either they haven't made it over there yet or maybe, since it encompasses such a wide range of history, it has less general appeal. I was more enthralled with the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit, for example, from several years ago, which really dived into the output of a single designer. But it was a nice outing and I enjoyed checking out the pieces and then comparing notes with Nora and Joanne (neither one sews) to see what they liked and why. Afterward, the museum cafe is a great place to sit, nursing a decaf soy latte, and catch up with friends.
It was a fabulous evening! Tim was witty, thoughtful, insightful, candid, vulnerable, and tremendously entertaining. He sure enjoys calling Anna Wintour out on her diva behavior.
But you don't have to take my word for it, listen to the podcast!
Vogue came out with their Spring 2015 patterns today. There are several that I really like, though I really don't have time to do a proper round-up. I am so happy to see Kathryn Brenne is now designing for Vogue, as it gives us more interesting options! Check them out!
On Sunday, I finished my current Britex project. mem took photos yesterday, but I haven't uploaded them yet. Stay tuned!
As usual, I'm having a heck of a time choosing my next project, and I have some big deadlines coming for work, but I am really excited about doing more spring sewing. (We finally had some proper rain today, and the weather has cooled a bit, but it still feels very much like springtime!)
Have a great week!