Yves Saint Laurent exhibit takes over 6 Paris museums

A novel trend exhibition is taking over Paris as six of the town’s high museums host tributes to the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent to mark the sixtieth anniversary of his debut assortment.

In 1962, Yves Saint Laurent, then aged 26, introduced his first assortment underneath his personal title and adjusted the course of ladies’s trend. Moving away from the structured attire and ultra-feminine look of the Nineteen Fifties, the legendary French designer made his title in androgynous trend by dressing ladies in masculine types beforehand unseen on runways earlier than together with tuxedos, trench coats, tailor-made pantsuits and peacoats.

Yves Saint Laurent with trend fashions, Betty Catroux (left) and Loulou de la Falaise, exterior his ‘Rive Gauche’ store in 1968 © Getty Images

Sixty years later, Paris will tip its hat to the designer with an enormous exhibition that takes over six of the town’s main museums: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Picasso Museum, and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Taking place from January 29 till May 15, the exhibition will showcase YSL’s most well-known types alongside the artwork that impressed them, with tributes to Picasso, Matisse, Mondarin and extra.

A silver emroidered YSL jacket alongside the art work of the Apollo Gallery in the Louvre
Yves Saint Laurent jacket from Spring 1990/ Organza embroidered with gold and rock crystal impressed by the Galerie d’Apollon, Musée du Louvre, Paris © 2020, Musée du Louvre/Antoine Mongodin

Speaking to the Guardian, exhibition curator, Mouna Mekouar, stated an exhibition on this scale has by no means been achieved earlier than in Paris. “I thought it would be impossible to get so many museums to agree to our idea, but they were all very interested and hugely enthusiastic from the beginning. It is the first time they have all worked together on one project,” Mekouar stated.

At the Galerie d’Apollon within the Louvre, you may see how gold, gentle and jewels impressed Yves Saint Lauren’s embroidery. Over within the Musée d’Orsay, you may discover his connections with Marcel Proust and the way the novelist’s concepts of gender and sexuality influenced YSL’s gown codes. The well-known Mondrian shift gown from 1965 might be displayed alongside the portray that influenced it within the Centre Pompidou. A go to to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum will present perception into the designer’s artistic processes via fastidiously preserved archive supplies.

A YSL jacket from the autumn/winter 1979 collection inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Nusch Éluard (1937)
A YSL jacket from the autumn/winter 1979 assortment impressed by Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Nusch Éluard (1937) © Succession Picasso – Gestion droits d’auteur/Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées

“This archive and the exhibitions at the partner museums will enable us to retrace the unique creative journey of Yves Saint Laurent,” organizers stated in a press release. “Conceived as a sort of archipelago, the exhibition will offer new forms of dialogue and encourage visitors to create their own itineraries from one museum to another.”

The exhibitions will run on the identical time in every of the six museums. The occasion is named Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées and whereas it is formally slated to run till May 15, some exhibitions will proceed later into the yr. Further info on every exhibition may be discovered on particular person museum web sites. Entry prices differ.

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