San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Lectures, Events & Exhibitions


Fashion in Art: Dress in Impressionist/Post-Impressionist Paintings” Art History Lecture, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, April 8, 2010, Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. Lecturer: Melissa Leventon, Principal, Curatrix Group Museum Consultants and Appraisers; Senior Adjunct Professor, Fashion Design and Visual Studies, California College of Arts; and former Curator in Charge of Textiles, FAMSF

In Pursuit of Style: Shoes in History,” Docent Lecture, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM, May 1, 2010, Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. The lecture follows the changes in fashionable footwear—from early Roman sandals, through high button shoes and stiletto heels, to wedgies and platforms—reminding us that, throughout the ages, shoes have always reflected the personality and status of the wearer.


Ethical Fashion Night hosted by Global Action Through Fashion
Thursday, April 8th, The HUB SoMa at 901 Mission Street (Chronicle Building) 6pm-10pm Attend the “First Bay Area Ethical Fashion Night” to mingle, munch, sip, and learn about Ethical Fashion in the Bay Area and beyond.


Shanghai, February 12 – September 5, 2010, Asian Art Museum. “This exhibition features more than 130 oil paintings, Shanghai Deco furniture and rugs, revolutionary posters, works of fashion, movie clips, and contemporary installations. They are significant visual documents of the city’s rich and ever-changing culture.”

Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali, February 5, 2010—May 2, 2010, Museum of Craft and Folk Art. “Mali’s extraordinary legacy of textile arts, with its vibrant colors and complex graphic statements. In addition to the cloth and clothing, this exhibition showcases other forms of traditional art and craft from Mali, such as wooden puppets, and the life-sized masked and costumed figures called “marionettes” which act out village legends. Unusual calabashes and baskets are also included to show the wide variety of Malian craft and folk art.”

Somethin’s Happening Here: Bay Area Rock ‘n’ Roll 1963-73, September 25, 2009-August 28, 2010. Museum of Performance and Design. “Co-curators Melissa Leventon and Alec Palao evoke this rich era using a wealth of rarely seen footage, posters, images, and costume from private and public collections and from the artists themselves. Visitors are able to sample extremely rare audio and video clips, some of them drawn from the important archive of recordings from San Francisco’s KSAN that are now in MPD’s permanent collection.”

Hollywood Legends: The Barry Barsamian Collection, at the Metreon, 101 4th Street, SF. Open Wednesday through Sunday noon-8pm, now through May. “When in 1976 Barry had the chance to purchase one of the dresses Judy Garland wore in the film, he jumped right on it and he’s been collecting Hollywood memorabilia ever since. Now through May, Barry has opened up his collection of over 100 items for a public exhibit at the Metreon in San Francisco.”

Re-Fashioned: The Origins of Our Clothing, April 2 – May 15, 2010, Oakopolis Creativity Center, Oakland, CA, “Re-Fashioned explores the art of sustainably produced clothing through the display of handmade garments, photos and video. The show illuminates the origins of the textiles, dyes and processes employed by four local clothing designers {and one Australian designer}.”

Night & Day: The World of the Twenties, April 1st – September 1st 2010, Lacis Museum (Berkeley). “This exhibit will explore the spirit of this period through these garments, some touched by the ribbon embroidered flowers and beadwork from Paris, others from the day-dress pages of the Sears and Roebuck catalog.”

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  • Sarah Scaturro April 07, 2010 09.23 pm

    The Rhythm and Hues exhibition looks amazing! Should you visit it, could you post a review? 🙂

  • Heather April 09, 2010 11.30 am


    Thanks for the comment! I’m doing my best to get to as many of these as I can (of course I didn’t mention the Cartier exhibit still on view through May 9 at the Legion of Honor – which I did review a few months ago). From this list, I’ve been to the 1920s exhibition at Lacis, as well as Rock’n Roll exhibit at the Museum of Performance and Design. I plan to go to the de Young this weekend for a lecture on Sustainable Design (and a preview of the Discarded to Divine auction pieces), and to the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. I’m not sure I’ll be able to squeeze in the Rhythm and Hues exhibit before it closes. But I’ll try!


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