The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, present the first retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent's life's work. Around 300 haute couture and ready-to-wear models on display span the decades from the couturier's debut at Dior in 1958, with the famous “Trapèze” collection, up to the sumptuous evening dresses of 2002. Numerous photographs and films illustrate the historical context, the development of Yves Saint Laurent's style and the foundations of his work.
In 40 years of creation, Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized the female wardrobe by borrowing the tuxedo, the trouser suit and the safari jacket from men's clothing in order to dress women, thereby transferring the symbols of power from one sex to the other.
Drawing inspiration from the street (scandal collection 1971), his imaginary travels (Russia, China, India, Spain, Japan, Africa and Morocco) and his dialogue with Art (Mondrian, Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh), Yves Saint Laurent was forever “turning fashion into celebration”.
The curating of the exhibition was overseen by Pierre Bergé.
The curators are:
Florence Müller, Chief curator
Farid Chenoune, Associate curator
Gilles Chazal, Director and chief curator of the Petit Palais
Charles Villeneuve de Janti, Heritage curator, Petit Palais
Exhibition catalogue available, éditions de La Martinière, 45€