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Image 1 of 32 Buy photo Belinda Berry in a playful dress made by her seamstress during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Belinda Berry in a playful dress made by her seamstress during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 2 of 32 Komal Shah wears a gown by Dennis Basso while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Komal Shah wears a gown by Dennis Basso while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 3 of 32 Buy photo Ronak Pakzad poses in a backless gown at the San Francisco Opera's 93rd Season Opera Ball in San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The theme of the ball was "Moonlight & Music" and the performance featured Giuseppe VerdiÕs Luisa Miller and was conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti. less Ronak Pakzad poses in a backless gown at the San Francisco Opera's 93rd Season Opera Ball in San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The theme of the ball was "Moonlight & Music" and the performance featured ... more Photo: Alex Washburn, Special To The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 4 of 32 Denise Hale wears a gown by Lily Samii while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The benefit ball celebrated San Francisco OperaÕs 93rd season. less Denise Hale wears a gown by Lily Samii while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The benefit ball celebrated San Francisco ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 5 of 32 Image 6 of 32 Buy photo Fashion designer Karen Caldwell in a gown of her own creation during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Fashion designer Karen Caldwell in a gown of her own creation during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 7 of 32 Paula Carano wears a gown by Oscar de la Renta while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The benefit ball celebrated San Francisco OperaÕs 93rd season. less Paula Carano wears a gown by Oscar de la Renta while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The benefit ball celebrated San ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 8 of 32 Stephanie Ejabat, benefactor dinner co-chair poses for a photograph in a Marchesa gown at the San Francisco Ballet season-opening gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Stephanie Ejabat, benefactor dinner co-chair poses for a photograph in a Marchesa gown at the San Francisco Ballet season-opening gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: Alex Washburn, Special To The Chronicle Image 9 of 32 Cristina Robinson, left waves to the traffic as they wait for her to cross the street after being photographed by Aubrie Pick, in front of the valet at San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday January 26, 2011, in San Francisco,Calif. Robinson was among the crowd that gathered for a dinner to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Ballet season. less Cristina Robinson, left waves to the traffic as they wait for her to cross the street after being photographed by Aubrie Pick, in front of the valet at San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday January 26, 2011, in ... more Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle Image 10 of 32 Image 11 of 32 Buy photo Robert Dekkers and Christian Squires during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Robert Dekkers and Christian Squires during San Francisco Ballet Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 12 of 32 Barbara Brown, of San Francisco, in a Oscar de la Renta dress, at the opening gala of the San Francisco Ballet gala at City Hall, San Francisco, on Wednesday, January 20, 2009 Barbara Brown, of San Francisco, in a Oscar de la Renta dress, at the opening gala of the San Francisco Ballet gala at City Hall, San Francisco, on Wednesday, January 20, 2009 Photo: Lianne Milton, Special To The Chronicle Image 13 of 32 Huifen Chan (right) and Roelof Botha arrive at San Francisco City Hall to attend the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Huifen Chan (right) and Roelof Botha arrive at San Francisco City Hall to attend the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 14 of 32 Nune Worraruji poses in a Marchesa gown just before dinner at the San Francisco Ballet season-opening gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Nune Worraruji poses in a Marchesa gown just before dinner at the San Francisco Ballet season-opening gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: Alex Washburn, Special To The Chronicle Image 15 of 32 Image 16 of 32 Camille Bently wears a vintage Nettie Rosenstein gown from the 1930s while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The gala celebrated the opening of the company's 83rd season. less Camille Bently wears a vintage Nettie Rosenstein gown from the 1930s while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 17 of 32 Ave Seltsam (right), the gala chair of the San Francisco Ballet 2017 Opening Night Gala, walks up the stairs of City Hall before sitting down to dinner during the event in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The theme of the evening was Ever Magical. less Ave Seltsam (right), the gala chair of the San Francisco Ballet 2017 Opening Night Gala, walks up the stairs of City Hall before sitting down to dinner during the event in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 18 of 32 The San Francisco Ballet's 77th season-opening gala took place Jan. 20, 2010 with a crowd of fans that included, from left to right: Sergio Navaro, Lauren Hawkins The San Francisco Ballet's 77th season-opening gala took place Jan. 20, 2010 with a crowd of fans that included, from left to right: Sergio Navaro, Lauren Hawkins Photo: Aubrie Pick For Drew Altizer Aub Image 19 of 32 Christine Suppes wears a gown by Rodarte to attend the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The gala celebrated the opening of the company's 83rd season. less Christine Suppes wears a gown by Rodarte to attend the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The gala celebrated the ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 20 of 32 Image 21 of 32 Suzy Kellems Dominik wears a gown by Alexander McQueen while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2011 Opening Night Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Suzy Kellems Dominik wears a gown by Alexander McQueen while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2011 Opening Night Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 22 of 32 Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Paul Pelosi (left to right) walk into the performance during the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 21, 2015. The gala celebrated the opening of the company's 83rd season. less Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Paul Pelosi (left to right) walk into the performance during the San Francisco Ballet 2016 Opening Night Gala at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif., on ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 23 of 32 Kathryn McMorrow, of Vallejo, wearing a dusty gold Azadeh, at the opening gala of the San Francisco Ballet gala at City Hall, San Francisco, on Wednesday, January 20, 2009 Kathryn McMorrow, of Vallejo, wearing a dusty gold Azadeh, at the opening gala of the San Francisco Ballet gala at City Hall, San Francisco, on Wednesday, January 20, 2009 Photo: Lianne Milton, Special To The Chronicle Image 24 of 32 Yuka Uehara wears a gown of her own design from her fashion line Tokyo Gamine while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The benefit ball celebrated San Francisco OperaÕs 93rd season. less Yuka Uehara wears a gown of her own design from her fashion line Tokyo Gamine while attending the San Francisco Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music, in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, September 11, 2015. The ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 25 of 32 Image 26 of 32 Norman Stone wears a Dolce & Gabbana jacket while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  Norman Stone wears a Dolce & Gabbana jacket while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 27 of 32 Sonya Molodetskaya wears a gown by Vasily Vein while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Sonya Molodetskaya wears a gown by Vasily Vein while attending the San Francisco Ballet's Opening Night Gala in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 28 of 32 Gorretti Lui wears a vintage Victor Costa gown while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2011 Opening Night Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Gorretti Lui wears a vintage Victor Costa gown while attending the San Francisco Ballet 2011 Opening Night Gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 29 of 32 Andrew Trader (left) and Marie Hurabiell, chairwoman for the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala, greet friends before the start of the gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Hurabiell's dress was made in Barcelona, Spain and flown over in it's own plane seat. less Andrew Trader (left) and Marie Hurabiell, chairwoman for the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala, greet friends before the start of the gala at City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 19, ... more Photo: Laura Morton, Special To The Chronicle Image 30 of 32 Image 31 of 32 Cristina Robinson, left waves to the traffic as they wait for her to cross the street after being photographed by Aubrie Pick, in front of the valet at San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday January 26, 2011, in San Francisco,Calif. Robinson was among the crowd that gathered for a dinner to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Ballet season. less Cristina Robinson, left waves to the traffic as they wait for her to cross the street after being photographed by Aubrie Pick, in front of the valet at San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday January 26, 2011, in ... more Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle Image 32 of 32 The most show-stopping gowns at the San Francisco Ballet Gala through the years 1 / 32 Back to Gallery

San Francisco might be more synonymous with hoodies and sneakers these days, but the city's creme de la creme still know how to impress at a sartorial soiree.

Such an event takes place once a year at San Francisco City Hall. At the San Francisco Ballet's annual Opening Night Gala, it's about the gowns as much as the dance (at least that's the case for those of us on the outside looking in).

In honor of the ballet kicking off its 85th season Thursday night, SFGATE compiled some of our favorite gowns worn by attendees in recent history in the above slideshow.

THE 2017 LOOKS: All the gowns from last year's event

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San Francisco Ballet soloist Daniel Deivison-Oliveira has performed in over ten different roles in the Nutcracker since moving to San Francisco from Brazil in 2004. Part of a weekly video column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Video by Erin Brethauer.

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The schedule of events for the evening is straightforward: cocktails and dinner at City Hall, followed by something called the "Prosecco Promenade" and then the gala performance, which features glimpses of the forthcoming season's repertoire. The evening ends with a party back at City Hall.

Read The San Francisco Chronicle's preview of the event

here

S.F. Ballet Gala: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. $69-$375, almost sold out; $30 standing-room tickets go on sale at noon Thursday. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. (415) 865-2000.

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