Evening gown, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, collection Rita Watnick, Michael Stoyla—Lily et Cie, 1980 (Photo: Margaret, Rita, and Baby Jane)
Detail of the Prada Boutique in Tokyo by Herzog und de Meuron, 2003 (Photo: Todd Eberle)
Jaguar E-Type Coupé, 1965 (Photo: Ron Kimball)
Charles Luckman: Parke-Davis Building, Los Angeles, 1960. Photo: Julius Shulman
Donatella Versace, fuchsia ball gown, 1999-2000; collection Gianni Versace S.p.A.

Exhibition: "Glamour" in San Francisco

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents the influence of glamour since 1945 with the exhibition "Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture" from October 9, 2004 until October 17, 2005.


An exhibition tracing glamour: 125 objects from 1945 to the present from fashion, design and architecture document the development and today's status of glamour. Glamour means abundance: the integration of elements that are not bound to function, a preference for a wealth of patterns, for complex designs and for luxurious materials. In fashion, especially in haute couture, glamour was glorified. Things are different when it comes to industrial design: the principle "form follows function" requires the abandonment of all "unnecessary" additions: minimalism is the ideal of the designers and, especially, the architects. However, the status of glamour in design and architecture is again growing with increasing technological progress – not only because today there are hardly any limits with regard to production but also because of the consumer oriented culture, where glamour has become an important stylistic element. The fashion sector presents, among others, works by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior, Emilio Pucci, Paco Rabanne and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Fendi, John Galliano for Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. In industrial design, the objects range from William Haines' Brentwood chair (1945), to the Metropolitan Opera Chandelier by Hans Harald Rath (1965), modern pieces like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's "Spring Cloud" shelf units (2003), Marc Newson's Felt Chair (1993) and the "Oyster Perpetual" watch made of white gold and diamonds by Rolex (2003). Architecture is represented through photos, computer renderings, installations and models. Historic projects like Philip Johnson's New York State Theater at Lincoln Center from 1964 and modern designs like the Prada Boutique Aoyama in Tokyo from 2003 by the architectural office Herzog & De Meuron are part of the exhibition.


Lectures accompanying the exhibition:

Fashion: Zac Posen. October 22, 2004, 3 p.m.

Industrial design: Ross Lovegrove. November 20, 2004, 2 p.m.

Architecture: Hernan Diaz Alonso. January 13, 2005, 7 p.m.

All lectures take place at the Phyllis Wattis Theatre at SFMOMA.




San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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San Francisco, CA 94103