Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, 5 Avenue Marcheau, Paris, France

Yves Saint Laurent’s New Exhibition

Beginning on February 2019, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will exhibit a unique selection of approximately fifty haute couture designs throughout its entire exhibition space. In addition to the main themes that shaped the couturier’s body of work, the new display will explore two of Yves Saint Laurent’s major creations: his well-known Mondrian dresses (autumn-winter 1965) and the  gowns made in collaboration with the artist Claude Lalanne (autumn-winter 1969).

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Revolutionary

“Revolutionary” was how Women’s Wear Daily described the  YSL autumn-winter 1965 collection, which drew attention for its modern, avant-garde style. Its success was primarily due to a series of dresses inspired by the painters Serge Poliakoff (1900-1969) and especially Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). For its new display, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will devote a considerable part of its exhibition space to this collection and examine its legacy beyond the history of fashion.

Dialogue with Art

The Mondrian dresses marked the beginning of the “dialogue with art” that the couturier pursued with Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Pierre Bonnard. While he paid tribute to many artists in his collections, Yves Saint Laurent’s only actual collaboration with an artist was with the sculptor Claude Lalanne. They first worked together on two particularly striking gowns for autumn-winter 1969 and went on to create sculpted for his collections.

    

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Photography by Thierry Ollivier