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We use the term "investment piece" to justify spending way too much on "classic" garments, but some clothes were constructed to last. Case in point: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum Curator Kevin Jones recently verified that "an elegant gown and coat" donated to the San Francisco History Association pre-dated the 1906 earthquake. Jones hopes to showcase the mint condition ensemble in a FIDM gallery show devoted to 1906 era clothes as part of next year's SF Earthquake tribute. [FIDM]