The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and the Petit Palais (City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts) are showcasing the first Yves Saint-Laurent exhibition since the fashion designer passed away. A total of 307 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs are on show, ranging from the creator’s beginnings at Dior in 1958, with the famous “Trapèze” collection, to his glamorous evening dresses.
Numerous photographs and films provide historical background on the development of the Yves Saint-Laurent style. A career that spanned over 40 years, Yves Saint-Laurent revolutionized women’s wardrobes, by borrowing from the typical design of male clothes, (e.g., suits and trousers), passing attributes of power from one gender to the other.
The designer took inspiration from the streets of Paris, as well as his journeys to far-off lands such as Russia, China, India, Spain, Japan, and Morocco. His works were also inspired from great artists such as Modrian, Picasso, Matisse, and Van Gogh.
Until 29 August 2010
Avenue Winston Churchill – 75008 Paris
Metro station : Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau or Concorde
RER C, Invalides ; RER A, Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
Bus lines : 42/72/73/80/93
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm – Late-night opening: Thursday until 8pm.
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Full price: €11
Reduced price: €8
Half price: €5.50
Audio guide: €5