Actually, Balenciaga it wasn’t (and that line was from Kiss of the Spider Woman for the less Broadway inclined). I was excited to catch the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco during our trip since I had heard so much about it when it was in New York but we were still in Vienna. Alas, it was not to be – timing-wise it didn’t work out, but in researching the exhibit, I have to say I was a bit off-put by the can’t miss proclamation of “Strollers not allowed in this exhibition” in large lettering.
Honestly, I’m okay with babies not being allowed everywhere – not everything is for babies, and probably not precariously balanced mannequins with very expensive vintage couture clothing. But if I’m going to pay $25.00 to see these items- actually any items, then I think something along the lines of, “Patrons, please note – due to the delicate nature of the items on display, strollers will not be allowed in this exhibit.” is a bit more palatable, at least for my taste. And if by no strollers they mean that children are also not allowed at all in the exhibit, then they should just go ahead and say so – if however, the question was about the actual stroller, then something like “But we invite you to enjoy the exhibit with your child in arm” would be a nice follow up. Again, I’m actually okay with the fact that not everything is for kids or kid items, but why not go the extra mile and state it more politely?
Maybe it’s just me, but the deYoung could have managed this message a bit better. So for this one, we’ll have to enjoy the exhibit in pictures. And stroller or no stroller, that first dress up top is diplo-style all the way.
All photos from google images.