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Fashion Changes, Style Remains: "Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit"
by Lexie Tiongson

 

Yves Saint Laurent. One of the most extraordinary and prestigious designers in the world currently has an exhibition dedicated to the devotion and credibility he had for the fashion industry. The Yves Saint Laurent exhibit is organized by FAMSF (Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. All of his work is currently being exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA which will be running until April 5th, 2009.

 
 
 
Algerian-born Fashion Designer
 

Yves Saint Laurent was an Algerian-born Fashion Designer who entered into the industry at the young age of 17. He found himself at the age of 21 being head designer of House of Dior. Despite his mental illness due to being in the military, he found a form of art that showed not only his creativity, but a talent that no other man could handle. In 2002, Saint Laurent announced his retirement. A fashion show dedicated to 40 years of his work ended his career in the fashion industry. On June 1st, 2008, Saint Laurent died due to brain cancer at the age of 71 in Paris. Now, his collection is currently being exhibited at many locations around the world as Yves Saint Laurent, a forty-year retrospective of his work in the fashion industry.

 
"Le Smoking"

Saint Laurent was mainly known for creating the women’s premier tuxedo, also known as “Le Smoking.” This was a big triumph not only for YSL but also for the fashion industry in the 1960s. Saint Laurent also created homage to famous artists such as: Picasso, Matisse and Diaghilev. Yves Saint Laurent is also known for being the first designer to use African American, Asian and Pacific Islander models for runway shows.

Saint Laurent’s exhibit contains 130 garments and sketches of his original work structured around four themes. Many of the garments and sketches include his wardrobe basics he designed such as the pantsuit, pea coat, safari jacket, culotte skirt and tuxedo. There is no doubt that this exhibit celebrates the eternal style of the most influential designer of the 20th century.

Walking into the exhibit you first see one of Saint Laurent’s most inspiring quotes: “The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness. I am there.” –Yves Saint Laurent

“The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness. I am there.” –Yves Saint Laurent

 

Attending Yves Saint Laurent’s exhibit is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only do you get to see his extraordinary designs, you get the idea of being surrounded and captivated by true haute couture. It was almost as if you had to hold someone’s hand in order to walk around the exhibit and look at each mannequin carefully dressed with YSL’s work. Yves Saint Laurent will always be remembered for his style, couture traditions and inspiration towards the fashion industry.

 
 
Fashion.Couture.Genius.Yves Saint Laurent.