Party in Style at the Old Mint: 120 Years of SF Fashion History

Thu Apr 25, 2013
The Old Mint
6pm - 10pm
$20 - $30
Arts, Benefit, City, Gala, History Museum, Museums


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Evening includes:
-One complimentary cocktail included with admission. Additional drinks available with -$5 donation to the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society
-Drinks include red/white wine and a special "Gold Rush" cocktail sponsored by George Dickel Whiskey
-120 Years of 'San Francisco Style' exhibit - Here's a sneak peak of what you'll see:
-Music and dancing by DJ Jacob
-Food available by Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers
-Docent led tours of the Old Mint
-And much more!

All proceeds benefit the Old Mint Museum Project and the SF Museum and Historical Society

Fashion is the ultimate artistic expression of individual style, and San Francisco has had an influence on the way people dress dating back to the 19th century. Most famously, the city is known as the birthplace of blue jeans. The world's best selling item of clothing and one of the greatest icons of modern fashion, blue jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss in 1873. In the 1950s, the blue denim synonymous for decades with hard, honest work became a symbol of rebellious youth when sported by screen idols like James Dean and Marlon Brando. Blue jeans have since entered the high fashion vocabulary and are ubiquitous. Today jeans are part of the repertoire of haute couture houses like Armani, Valentino and Chanel.

The whimsical, irreverent attire of the Haight-Ashbury’s Flower Children in the 1960s has influenced clothing designers as diverse as Jessica McClintock and Betsey Johnson. In the late 1960s Bill Kelly, Stanley Mouse and others set up a studio in Mill Valley to produce designs expressly for T-shirts, thus putting fine art on what had previously been regarded as a merely utilitarian article of clothing. Since the ’60s the influence of San Francisco’s clothing designers has only continued to create new fashion trends: Don and Doris Fisher’s Gap, Susie and Doug Tompkins’ Esprit, Mel and Patricia Ziegler’s Banana Republic, the list goes on and on.


  1. The Old Mint
    88 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA