Sunday, May 2, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective

A retrospective of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent opened in March at the Petit Palais in Paris, only two years after his death in 2008.

The impressive retrospective covers 15 chapters of his career, its critical acclaim and occasional failures, including his 1971 forties-inspired "scandal collection", which was pummeled by critics at the time. The exhibit begins with his early work for Christian Dior and continues through to his final collection, in 2002. In total, there are 307 pieces of couture and ready-to-wear fashions accompanied by films, artwork and photos.

Designs for Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 movie Belle de Jour, Lauren Bacall, and the Duchess Of Windsor are included as well as creations that were inspired by art, far away places (he is said to have used his imagination and preferred that to travel) and the glamour of Hollywood.

The YSL Retrospective runs through August 29, 2010 at the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris.

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