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Gift Idea: Vintage Fashion Illustrations from Lost Art Salon

Counterintuitive as it may seem, meaningful gifts for the fashion fanatics in your world don’t have to be wearable. After all, the most devoted style hounds consider fashion an art. So why not gift them with art that’s all about fashion?

You can find that very sort of gift at Lost Art Salon, which houses owners Rob Delamater and Gaetan Caron’s library of some 3,000 art works from 1900 to the 1960’s. Among them are numerous fashion and costume illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor and ink that were created for print publications and advertisements during the mid-20th century.

Drawings by such Bay Area artists as Marjorie Ullberg, a fashion illustrator for department stores and national newspapers, and Helen Breger, an illustrator and artist whose work is now part of the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Seattle Museum of Art, among others, communicate a love of fashion that goes far beyond the surface.

Just the thing for the retro-minded, Mad Men-obsessed clotheshorses in your life.

Through Christmas Eve, the salon is offering incremental discounts, starting at $25 off, on purchases over $250.

Lost Art Salon, 245 S. Van Ness Ave., Suite 303, 415-861-1530, www.lostartsalon.com.