A few times a year, a massive expo is held at the Concourse Exhibition Center, where you can get a hands-on, visually exhausting crash course in the near-past's fabulousness. Last weekend saw the SF Modernism Show, a twice-yearly event featuring many of the same vendors as the Vintage Fashion Expo. These exhibits are better-curated and glitzier (i.e. pricier) than your average flea market, but unlike the costume exhibits at museums, here you can touch, and even try on, the wares. We promise that you would be permanently banished from the de Young if you tried that on its current Gaultier exhibit.
Here are some examples of the goodness we found: