Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective pt.2
Here is the second installment of the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective that took place at the Petit Palais in Paris last March through August. I didn’t think it would be fair to give you the first part and keep you waiting too long for part 2! I of course loved the entire show but if I had to choose I actually favored the second half…
Although a majority of the exhibit was couture I felt the beginning really showcased what an influential designer Yves was to the ready-to-wear industry, focusing more on his amazing tailoring with looks including his pea coats, suits, and safari collection. In this clip, however, you will see pieces like the incredible flower capes at the beginning, his Van Gogh sequin jackets, the Mondrian dress (arguably his most well known design) and the African Queen Collection to which Iman was his muse. There are also a slew of black tie gowns and my favorite vignette was the chiffon dresses which were in the last portion of the exhibit. I thought the fabric swatches lining the walls were brilliant and the mirrored ceiling made it seem like they carried on forever. Around the four minute mark you will see there was an incredible wall filled with Yves famous tuxedos showcased on black lacquer mannequins. Because the room had such dim lighting it is hard to appreciate their true beauty on film, but I can assure you that in person they were breathtaking.
Here are a few stills of other clips. The first is the entrance to the exhibit and the second and third are of Pierre Bergé. Mr. Bergé co-founded YSL with Yves and was his partner from the beginning to the end. He is now the head of the Yves Saint Laurent foundation and archive in Paris.