On my last day in San Francisco, prior to Ian’s arrival, I caught the bus over to Golden Gate Park to visit the De Young Museum and their Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. It turned out to be one of my most successful expeditions in San Francisco!
First off, Golden Gate Park is really lovely. Who wouldn’t want to stroll through the gardens?
Second off, I found the exhibition much more enjoyable than I’d expected. I’d forgotten the fun, energy and creative surprise of a younger Gaultier in the Eighties. It was a joy to be reminded of the innovations that led this designer to supplying Madonna with some of her most memorable outfits. It may come as no surprise when I say that Jean Paul’s work brims with, ahem, appreciation of the female form…
My favourite dress from the exhibition was covered in buttons, on a moving catwalk so extremely difficult to photograph:
All in all, a really enjoyable day out. I believe some San Francisco Sewists are planning a gathering to visit this exhibition. Do it!
As I strolled out of the park, I thought my day’s delights were over. WRONG! I spotted a street sale just down the road from my bus stop and wandered over.
This lady was selling various items, including two modest boxes filled with neatly folded fabrics. I rifled through and spotted the above delight. Isn’t it fun? I ached immediately to turn this into Sewaholic’s latest Cambie dress, which fortunately I pre-ordered as soon as I laid eyes on Scruffy Badger’s triumphant versions.
I asked how much the fabric was going for. My lady told me she’d been instructed to sell it for $2 a metre. She started to measure the fabric with a tape, asking, ‘How long is a metre?’ Readers, forgive me! I played dumb! ‘Dunno,’ I muttered, shrugging my shoulders and dropping my glance to the pavement. She waved a tape in front of the fabric with very little conviction. ‘Yeah, um. Looks like a couple of metres. Call it four bucks.’
I handed over my money, grabbed the fabric and ran to the bus stop. When I let myself back into my hotel room, I spotted this label:
I don’t know exactly how much fabric I have here, but certainly enough for a dress. Beach Fun, indeed!