Food for the Soul: Fashioning San Francisco

Junya Watanabe (Japanese, 1961) (Designer) Comme des Garçons (Japanese, 1973) (House of). Jacket, Look 44 from Fall 2015 Collection. Polyester knit (jersey). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Norah and Norman Stone, 2020.18.8. Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

By Nina Heyn

The theme of the rarefied world of New York socialites in the 1970s is being explored in the second season of the ongoing TV series Feud. This season’s story, “Capote vs. The Swans,” portrays the rise and fall of a gossipy relationship between Truman Capote and some of Manhattan’s most prominent rich and famous, who he infamously satirized.

San Francisco, the West Coast’s center for the moneyed elite, has provided a different look at the lives of socialites through an art show that showcases collections from Northern California. The exhibition, titled Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style, has just opened at the de Young Museum.

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