It’s Showtime at Modernism Week 2020!

The show must go on…especially when there are so many great ones to choose from! One-of-a-kind cars, clothes, and collectibles from the midcentury will be on full display during these must-see Modernism Week shows.

Courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Estates

Poolside Fashion & Architectural Tour
February 14, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a midcentury vintage fashion show and Tiki-inspired cocktails at Royal Hawaiian Estates, a 40-unit complex designed by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison in 1960. Sneak a peek at some of the residences and see how a modernist aesthetic meets Polynesian architectural detailing. Come dressed to impress!

Courtesy of Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix: The Midcentury is my Muse!
February 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate classic and kitschy American life and style with the Ambassador of Americana himself, author Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen expertise, this is a live slide show performance – all in glorious Kodachrome color – that will leave you laughing, learning, and longing for more.

Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography

20th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale + Palm Springs Modern Design Expo
February 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
February 16, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
February 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 20th edition of the annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale returns with over 85 premier exhibitors offering beautiful and rare vintage paintings, sculpture, furniture, clothing, and jewelry from the 20th century. Ticketholders can also check out the 3rd Annual Palm Springs Modern Design Expo, located adjacent to the Modernism Show & Sale. Discover modern design and technology from over 40 featured exhibitors. Want to beat the crowds? Be among the first to shop both shows during the Preview Party on February 14.

Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

“Through the Looking Glass”, A Fashion Retrospective on the Runway
February 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a vintage fashion show unlike any other. Presented by Mitchells Palm Springs, the haute event will feature couture worn by Hollywood legends, midcentury mavens, and more. Vintage attire is encouraged, unless you want to snag an original ensemble on-site at the Mitchells Palm Springs & Candice Held pop-up shop. 

Courtesy of Sunny Thompson

Sunny Thompson: Hollywood Blondes
February 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

They say blondes have all the fun – and if you’re Sunny Thompson, that may be true! The star of the hit documentary film, Becoming Marilyn Monroe and long running, award-winning stage play Marilyn Forever Blonde, returns with her hit stage show Hollywood Blondes.

Photo credit: Jake Holt

Modernism Week Vintage Car Show
February 17, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Throw on your sunglasses and see an amazing collection of classic cars at the Vintage Car Show. The show will consist of more that 50 vintage automobiles from the 1930s through the 1980s. Meet some of the owners and share stories, memories, and your infinite love for classics.

Courtesy of the Palm Springs Cultural Center

Midcentury Culture: Wheels and Reels
February 18, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Can’t get enough of a retro ride? Join the Palm Springs Cultural Center for a very special car show reception and screening. Sip and saunter among 1950s-1960s vehicles from Great Autos of Yesteryear members, with hors d’oeuvres and a delicious boxed dinner to whet your appetite before watching a screening of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

Original costume designed by Edith Head for Ginger Rogers, as Liza Elliott in Lady in the Dark (1944)

Hollywood Revisited
February 19, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We’re revisiting “Hollywood Revisited,” the musical theater extravaganza returning to Modernism Week for a third year. A new selection of dazzling creations from Hollywood’s legendary designers will be on full display in this spectacular show.

Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

A Curated Collection
February 22, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
February 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Modernist clotheshorses, mark your calendars. For the first time, this pop-up fashion event will be featured at Modernism Week, and offer a vintage shopping experience full of exquisite, one-of-a-kind finds. Call first dibs on pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and more during an early preview hour on February 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

2020 Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show
February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
February 23, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Close out the final weekend of Modernism Week with a thoughtfully curated collection of vintage trailers, campers, buses and motor homes. Listen to stories from some of the trailer owners and learn from custom restoration craftsmen. Come on Saturday to vote for the annual Peoples’ Choice Award.