Yves Saint Laurent
If you love fashion and happen to be in Paris this summer be sure to schedule time to see the YVES SAINT LAURENT Retrospective at the Musee du Petit Palais. The retrospective spans 40 years of Saint Laurent’s work from 1962 to 2002 and will feature over 300 dresses including several created while Saint Laurent was at Christian Dior as well as selections worn by actress and muse Catherine Deneuve.
As a child, Saint Laurent created costumes for his paper dolls which eventually turned into designing dresses for his mother and sisters. After he won a design competition in 1954, he moved to Paris. In 1955, he became an assistant to Christian Dior. Due to Dior’s untimely death two years later, Saint Laurent became Dior’s designer at the age of 21.
In 1961, along with his partner, Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent opened the legendary Saint Laurent fashion house and preceded to create some of the most iconic items of the modern woman’s wardrobe including the trapeze dress, the trouser suit, and the color-blocked dresses in homage to Mondrian.
Photos © Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and Alexandre Gurkinger
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