Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture
October 9, 2004–January 17, 2005

One of the most alluring yet elusive concepts in contemporary style, glamour is an ideal that permeates our visual culture. This exhibition radically revises our understanding of glamour in the fields of fashion, industrial design, and architecture. Tracing glamour’s trajectory from Hollywood’s golden age to present-day connotations of affluence, Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture presents a striking array of more than 100 objects including couture, jewelry, automobiles, furniture, and architecture — all of which share an affinity for rich patterning, complex layering, and sumptuous materials. On view are haute couture by Dior and Versace, automobiles from Jaguar and Bentley, architectural works by Philip Johnson and Herzog and de Meuron, and more.

Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Elaine McKeon, the Estates of Emily and Lewis S. Callaghan, Carolyn and Preston Butcher, and an anonymous donor with additional funding from AT&T.


Media Sponsors:

KQED Public Broadcasting SFSTATION.COM

The catalogue for this exhibition is supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Top: Paco Rabanne Gown, ca. 1965; collection Rita Watnick, Michael Stoyla, Lily et Cie, photo: Margaret, Rita, and Baby Jane

Middle: Herzog and de Meuron, Prada Boutique, Tokyo, 2003; photo: Todd Eberle

Bottom: Jaguar E-Type Coupe, 1961; photo: Ron Kimball