January 8, 2007

two big exhibits hit san francisco.


even though the deyoung museum recently opened here, and the moma has always been home to interesting exhibits, san francisco hasn’t seen any big fashion shows since i’ve been here, but all that will change this summer.

linda evangelista in the anglomania collection, f/w 1993.

the legion on honor will be hosting two significant exhibits this year. the first is a retrospective on vivienne westwood opening february 24. the original exhibit ran at the victoria and albert museum in london in 2004, and spans her career on the forefront of punk to the runways of paris, and her evolution from shop owner to fashion queen. the v&a microsite for the exhibit remains up for a preview of what you’ll see in sf.

the second is “nan kempner: american chic,” which is currently showing at the metropolitan museum of art in new york city. kempner, a member of the international best dressed list hall of fame, has one of the largest private collections of couture that includes designers like mainbocher, yves saint laurent and bill blass. she worked as a contributing editor to vogue paris, a fashion editor at harpers bazaar, and a consultant to tiffany’s and christie’s, and helped raise over $75 million for the sloan-kettering cancer center. kempner passed away in july 2005. the exhibit will move to sf in july, the met site has more info on the exhibit. new york magazine has a great article on her.

madame grès (French, 1903–1993) evening gowns, 1971 (left); 1969 (right)

i am eagerly anticipating both shows, and hopefully the parties too!