The Foundation established for YSL by Pierre Berge regularly exhibits collections with guest curators. I was not in Paris for the big exhibition at Grand Palais so decided to visit this current small exhibition at the Foundation gallery.
On arrival, we were told – no photos of the exhibition, so what you see here is from their publications.
This exhibition La Revolution de la mode shows the rapid change he underwent just after working as the head designer for Dior couture. He was the head designer at Dior at only 21 years of age and was designing for the very rich and conservative.
I recognised many things from the days I spent living in London, known as the Swinging Sixties. Loved seeing some of the very same metal loop belts I wore back in the sixties were on show, why didn’t I keep them?
Many of the dresses could be worn today, particularly the tailored day wear clothes made in navy and khaki wool or gaberdine. They are absolutely timeless. Some of his tuxedo suits for women are there, the famous design that Yves says in his video did not sell when they were first paraded in the couture collections.
Most of the exhibition was day wear, and from his ready to wear ‘pret a porter’ ranges. Also lots of costume jewellery and accessories from the late sixties to early seventies.Anoushka was a very famous and very tall model during the era of this designs, and has donated or loaned a few of her personal items. Two other vintage clothing collectors in France have done the same but the rest belong to the Foundation.Note that Pierre Berge his partner gets top billing.
Yves had a happy childhood and parents who loved and encouraged him according to biographical notes. He was brought up in Algeria and so it is easy to see why he spent time in Morocco and bought the wonderful Marjorelle house in Marrakech.
Later at Art Curial bookshop we saw a very special YSL collectors edition of designs and samples, it is in the out of this world euro price range. Pierre Berge is making sure his reputation goes on and the memorabilia will escalate in value.
Has anyone seen the movie Yves Saint Laurent, his life and times, yet?