We at Pro Media are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor in preparation for the masterful costume exhibit: High Style.
The exhibit will display dress from the era of 1910 to 1980 and include pieces by some of the 20th century’s most important American and European fashion designers, including the “father of couture” and British designer, Charles James. James’ limited collection, which makes up about 1/3 of the High Style exhibit, was recently displayed at the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the first time this collection has been shown on the West Coast.
With an emphasis on French couture, this is arguably the “greatest repository of American fashion design” according to the Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Colin B. Bailey.
High Style will present 65 mannequins dressed in an array of garments and 35 accessories such as shoes and hats. The display will include the works of Christian Dior, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Elsa Shiaparelli as well as the works of female American designers in the 1930s through the 1950’s such as Bonnie Cashin, Elizabeth Hawes, and Claire McCardell.
The most highly anticipated piece (pictured above) is Charles James’ “Four-Leaf Clover” dress meticulously designed in 1953. This gown was crafted with Ducchesse satin, lace, and silk shantung and is property of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, 2009.
The display will be open to the public from March 14 to June 19 at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor.