YSL’s Largest Exhibit Ever On Display In Paris

In September of 2008, Christie’s Auction House announced the 3 day sale of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé‘s art collection, totaling 700 lots worth or work. Christie’s dubbed the event “the sale of the century” and in just the first night, the auction brought in over $264 million dollars.

It seemed that after the death of Yves Saint Laurent in June of 2008, museums, book publishers, and the fashion industry as a whole scrambled to figure out a way to properly memorialize designer. After all, Laurent can be credited for pushing some of fashion’s most important movements: He consistently pushed the envelope in terms of gender boundaries and unceasingly defined and redefined female sexuality. In September of 2008, the Yves Saint Laurent Style: Style was published. The De Young Museum in San Francisco showcased over 120 of YSL’s designs in a collection that included pieces from his entire career, beginning at Dior and ending with his final S/S 2002 YSL collection.

This Thursday, March 10th, amidst the fashionable mayhem of the fall Paris fashion shows, the largest retrospective of the designer’s work will debut in an exhibition at the Petit Palais museum in Paris.

The exhibit’s intention is to show the timelessness and versatility of Yves Saint Laurent’s collection. Nathalie Crinière (the designer of the exhibition) began the retrospective with Laurent’s days at Christian Dior and covered his illustrious 44 year career by showcases over 300 pieces.

WWD’s Joelle Diderich writes,

The show includes a room devoted to Saint Laurent muse Catherine Deneuve, and another focused on his Forties-inspired 1971 collection, including the incendiary reviews it provoked…the show culminates in a vast room where a sea of evening gowns is set off by a black wall featuring variations of the tuxedo on rows of mannequins rising all the way to the ceiling.

The exhibit will run through Aug. 29th at the Petit Palais, Av. Winston-Churchill, 8th Arrondissement
Photo of Yves Saint Laurent courtesy of shoeminx.com

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