July 16, 2008

Fashionable Fridays at the de Young Museum, San Francisco

There’s been an explosion of wildly artistic fashion exhibits at the deYoung Museum this year. Located in hauntingly beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, the newly opened museum has started throwing parties centered around the installations that are a fashion show on their own.

Opening exhibit parties at museums have long been an excuse for the upper crust to show off their latest couture, but now other parties during the run of the exhibit have become a must-attend for the fashionable set.

In February, the de Young hosted the only North American stop of the Vivienne Westwood exhibit, accompanied by a $30 per ticket open bar cocktail party, where a fashion spectacle was witnessed among the attendees. San Francisco style is truly individualistic, and the many references to the Vivienne Westwood oeuvre were rife, from her Seditionaries moment to Victorian ruffles. The exhibit showcased over 30 years of work from the queen of Punk Rock, who refined herself into a seamstress of shapely, sophisticated suits and glam ball gowns, all personalized with characteristic edgy details.

The young, old and simply fashion-minded come out to view and be inspired by the art that is fashion. A Friday night series of parties offers music, poetry and other exhibit-related entertainment included in the price of admission. The breathtakingly modern architectural style of the de Young is the ideal backdrop for the series of fashion exhibits scheduled, the next of which features the emptying of original San Franciscan Nan Kempner’s closet. Kempner, who passed away in 2005, would have loved this very modern use of fashion as a way for people to express their individuality and celebrate it at the same time.—Michelle Zaffino

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Photo Caption: The author at the Vivienne Westwood opening party, de Young Museum San Francisco, 2008.