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Yves Saint Laurent, Pop Art Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent, Pop Art Dresses (1971), [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8]

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Oct 11, 2016-Jan 8, 2017

Yves Saint Laurent, Cocktail dress, Homage to Piet Mondrian

Yves Saint Laurent, Cocktail dress, Homage to Piet Mondrian, Autumn–Winter 1965 haute couture collection [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8] © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris/Alexandre Guirkingerr

This thoughtful retrospective chronicles the life’s work of esteemed fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, highlighting his artistic evolution while presenting major themes throughout his 44-year long career. The exhibition takes visitors inside the mind of the designer by first introducing a series of paper dolls with complete outfits and other drawings created in his teenage years.

From his debut Trapeze collection (1958) as a young designer working in the House of Dior, he was at the forefront of fashion. His early innovations continued to redefine women’s couture throughout the 1960s with the pea coat, tuxedo suit, pantsuit and safari jacket, stylistically blending the genders.

Drawn primarily from the archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and private collections, 110 ensembles tell his story along with numerous photographs, media clippings and runway videos.

A large installation of collection boards from 1962 to 2002 reveal sketches and fabric samples for every haute couture show, tracing the history of his artistic process, while preliminary hand-sewn muslins and an intense collection of costume jewellery exemplify both the working methods and the complete vision of the designer.

Saint Laurent’s interest in modern art and pop culture is highlighted in several galleries where dresses play off adjacent paintings and prints, his most famous example being a 1965 cocktail dress, Homage to Piet Mondrian.

The eloquently presented exhibit concludes with a magnificent procession of evening wear grouped by colour palette. Floor to ceiling displays of chromatic fabric swatches are intermingled among the luxurious garments – again sharing a glimpse into the creative practice of Yves Saint Laurent.

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Allyn Cantor

Yves Saint Laurent, Collection board, Autumn-Winter

Yves Saint Laurent, Collection board, Autumn-Winter (1965), haute couture collection [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8] © Fondation Pierre Berge – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

Yves Saint Laurent, "Collection board" (detail)

Yves Saint Laurent, "Collection board" (detail), Autumn–Winter 1965 haute couture collection [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8] © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

Installation view of Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

Installation view of Yves Saint Laurent exhibition [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8]

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Yves Saint Laurent sketches

Yves Saint Laurent sketches [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8]

Yves Saint Laurent, “First” pantsuit

Yves Saint Laurent, “First” pantsuit, Spring-Summer 1967 haute couture collection [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8] © Patrick Bertrand/Les Editions Jalou

Yves Saint Laurent in his studio

Yves Saint Laurent in his studio fitting a toile from the Fall-Winter 1977 haute couture collection. Model Kirat [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, Oct 11-Jan 8] © André Perlstein


 Sat, Nov 19, 2016