The Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent wishes to publish in its entirety the exceptional heritage constituted by the 1283 production drawings from eighty-one Haute Couture collections, presented from 1962 to 2002.
All the production drawings, created using Yves Saint Laurent’s drawings, have been carefully conserved by the Fondation : a rigorous visual record of each fashion show, they are also part of the incontestable canon testifying to forty years of creation. From the Mondrian dress in 1965 to the 40s collections which caused a scandal in 1971, from the Russian Collection in 1976 to the hommage to Vincent Van Gogh in 1988, each garment is represented by a sketch and accompanied by a sample of the fabric from which it was produced.
Each production drawing provides us with the name of the couture workshop which produced the piece, the name of the model who wore it, the order in which she walked in the fashion show…. The wardrobe is presented, progressing from daytime to evening ensembles, showing the pea coat, the safari jacket, the tuxedo or the wedding dress. There are more than 15,000 garments catalogued in the four volumes of this collection.
It is a story recounted by 1283 production drawings : the history of a house which has not ceased to adorn and enrapture women by overturning the conventions of seduction and by revolutionizing fashion.