Some socialites refer to the week when the San Francisco Symphony and SF Opera hold opening night gala as “Hell Week” because they have to go to two events in the same week and can’t be seen in the same expensive outfit. That is nothing compared to the members of the Imperial Court who have many events per day over coronation weekend that call for outrageously glamorous outfits.
The culmination of this year’s Coronation Weekend was the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, which was founded by Jose Sarria in 1965. The gowns, jewels, crowns, feathers, tiaras and cornets that adorned the assembled Emperors, Empresses, Dukes, Duchesses, Countesses and those of lesser titles made the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda sparkle with delight. King Louie from Beach Blanket Babylon one of the entertainers was heard to remark, “This is the first time I’ve ever felt under dressed.”
So rather than give a long detailed description of the event and all the people that made it possible I just want to give it the same coverage as other society events in San Francisco and just publish my list of the best dressed.
The best legs award goes to Absolute Empress XI Flame. She wanted me to be sure to be far enough away to get her legs in the photo. She was the longest title holder on hand Sunday night. ( Notice I didn’t say oldest title holder – I was not going there!)
The finale of the 50th anniversary Gala was everyone – Council members, San Francisco monarchs and visiting monarchs, on the Rotunda steps for a group photo taken by the “official photographer” who was stationed on the Mayor’s Balcony. I was only able to get a small portion of the assembled crowd.