Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Presents Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style

Exhibition supporters and special guests were invited to the de Young museum on Thursday, January 18th, for a special preview of Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style, followed by an intimate dinner in Wilsey Court hosted by Denise Littlefield Sobel in honor of Christine Suppes and the generous donation of her extensive collection including many pieces of Haute Couture to the Museums’ permanent costume collection.

Remarks were given by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO, and Laura Camerlengo, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts, while guests savored a multi-course dinner by McCalls Catering & Events, with wines expertly paired to each course provided by Rodney Strong Vineyards and McBride Sisters Wine Company. 

Presented exclusively at the de Young, Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style offers the opportunity to explore the role of style as a marker of social identity through an examination of the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—home to one of the most significant collections of twentieth and twenty-first century women’s high fashion and haute couture in the United States.

Following dinner guests were invited to digitally try on three evening ensembles presented in the exhibition through the Augmented Reality activation in partnership with Snap that immersed guests into the creative vision of designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Chinese-American Bay Area-based designer Kaisik Wong.