The Fashion & Fun Event held at the historic Old Mint building celebrate 120 years of San Francisco fashion from the Gold Rush era to the 1970s. It was a stylish evening full of cocktails, music, dancing and fabulous fashion. Upon entry, guests were treated to a complimentary special “Gold Rush” cocktail by George Dickel Whiskey and enjoyed delicious burgers from Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers. While sipping cocktails and savoring burgers, guests could appreciate and learn more about the historic Old Mint building by going on a docent-led tour of the building or strut down the hall and make their entrance into various rooms that feature fashion from different eras. This event featured fashion from Bebe, Esprit, Gap, Jessica McClintock, Margaret O’Leary Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. to name a few.
There was a 1970s punk rock-influenced room that was decorated with a rock and roll vibe. Iconic fashion pieces of the era were displayed, including the motorcycle jacket, the plaid pattern pants, the checkered necktie and graphic T-shirts. In the next room, guests took a trip down memory lane to their nights at the disco club. This room featured a flashy mint-green men suit reminiscence of the one that John Travolta wore in the movie, “Saturday Night Fever.” Perhaps the most iconic piece of the night was the infamous blue jeans by Levi Strauss & Co. Blue jeans were first invented by Levi Strauss in 1853 right here in San Francisco!
This was truly a fantastic event where guests had a fabulous time learning about the history of San Francisco fashion and The Old Mint building, a National Historic Landmark.
The best part is the proceeds from this event will benefit the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (SFMHS) and FlipSide, which is a part of SFMHS. SFMHS’s mission is to preserve the San Francisco Bay Area history and FlipSide strives to engage younger generation history enthusiasts.