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  • 1965 Jaguar E-type

    Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
    151 Third Street
    October 9 - January 16

    Glamour’s got a bad rap in modern design circles, but this sure-to-be-fabulous show may change all that. Connoting affectation and deception—it’s the “ugly stepsister of elegance,” quips curator Joseph Rosa—glamour had no place in the strict, right-angled minimalism of the early twentieth century. But its delusive charm crept back into fashion, industrial design, and architecture after 1945 to become a hallmark of consumer culture. The combination of such glamourous offerings as a 1965 Jaguar E-type and couture clothes by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior with more recent interpretations like Herzog & de Meuron’s Tokyo Prada boutique and a diamond-encrusted Rolex should please hardened design divas and shopaholic fashionistas alike.