Installation view of Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 2022. Photograph by Gary Sexton. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
April 16, 2022 – September 5, 2022
Legion of Honor
Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy
Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy celebrates the extraordinary designs of Guo Pei—hailed as China's first couturier—and includes more than 80 works from the past two decades highlighting her most important collections shown on Beijing and Paris runways. Through exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques, Guo Pei creates a fantasy that fuses the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world.
Image: © Xu LIAN photography, courtesy Guo Pei
October 23, 2021 – April 30, 2023
To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection
Between 1923 and 1938, Julia Brenner (1866–1944) donated more than one thousand textile fragments, as well as nearly two hundred costume components, costume accessories, complete textiles, and tools, to the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (now part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). Brenner hoped that her collection—would serve as an inspirational and educational resource for future generations of museum visitors, particularly those working in the US textiles industry.