I had the chance to visit the fashion exhibit – High Style – at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco just before it closed earlier this month. All of the items presented belong to the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection and are now housed at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
According to the Legion of Honor, “High Style captures key points in 20th-century fashion design with rare pieces from French couture houses, including examples by Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and Hubert de Givenchy.”
These garments are meticulously preserved, and many, rather than look like costumes, come across as completely contemporary. It’s amazing to see 100 year old silk charmeuse that appears as rich and colorful as the day it came out of the mill. Of course, I was dying to touch the garments (which is absolutely forbidden), and imagined myself trying them on.
Instead, I came away inspired – vowing to wear more dresses, more color, more accessories. To mix it up fashion-wise and find more events to attend that call for gowns!
Perhaps you’ll find inspiration here yourself.
) Evening Ensemble by Norman Norell
- the blouse is exquisitely rendered in silk organza.
) Chic Minimalism – Yves St. Laurent
for Christian Dior - Trapèze Collection 1958
Et finalement, kidskin shoes designed by Steven Arpad – 1939.