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Beauty in the Barracks

A parade of fall fashions adds pomp and circumstance (and jewel tones) to a former military outpost reimagined at the hands of artists.

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Givenchy sheer sequin and polyester net dress.

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Gucci Chantilly lace long-sleeve high-neck shirt with bow; Gucci Florage print satin pleated long skirt; Moreau Paris bullskin Chambord trip bag.

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Dolce & Gabbana lace and silk top.

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Elie Saab lace and knit bell-sleeve evening dress; Issey Miyake sheer pleated stole.

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Saint Laurent crushed-velvet lamé gown; Chanel suede and satin boots.

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Gucci Embroidered New Flora print jersey jacket with high collar; Giorgio Armani velvet shawl and trousers.

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Issey Miyake pleated button-up top and pleated skirt; Gucci suede low-heel platform sandals with multicolor crystals.

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Issey Miyake pleated button-up top and pleated skirt; Gucci suede low-heel platform sandals with multicolor crystals.

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Alberta Ferretti sleeveless sheer lace accented dress.

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Alberta Ferretti sleeveless sheer lace accented dress.

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Christian Dior pleated sheer lace top.

David Ireland, Rodeo Room (1987), commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts.

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Fendi pleated bow dress; Alexander McQueen rhinestone-embellished gown.

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Over the last two centuries, the area just north of the Golden Gate Bridge has been home to Coast Miwok tribes, Mexican ranchers, Portuguese dairy farmers, American soldiers, and, today—ensconced inside the old military barracks at Headlands Center for the Arts—working artists from around the globe.

As each group has come and gone, a new layer has been left on the Marin Headlands’ exquisite canvas of rolling hills, flaxen grasses, and hearty wildflowers. The latest addition to this living palimpsest will be revealed this fall, when Headlands Center reopens to the public after a four-month-long renovation led by the prolific landscape architecture firm CMG.

Joining permanent works from the likes of David Ireland and Ann Hamilton is a new outdoor public gathering space dubbed the Commons. Around a concrete plaza and seating area sit new installations by Ball-Nogues Studio and artists Nathan Lynch and Chris Kabel. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and celebration on September 17. But until then, you can enjoy the following sneak peek, another layer of beauty in a place overbrimming with it.


Originally published in the September issue of
San Francisco

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