Yves Saint Laurent – Splendide exhibition !






The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Yves Saint Laurent
May 29 to September 28, 2008





The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have designed and developed, in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the first retrospective spanning the forty years of creation of the Maison de haute couture Yves Saint Laurent.


Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Suit – Trousers
1978 Spring/Summer Collection, n° 7
Wool herringbone suit. Crêpe de Chine shirt and belt. Straw boater with taffeta band, metal “snail” stud earrings, leather gloves and open pumps
Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
© All rights reserved



Presented from May 29 to September 28, 2008, the exhibition Yves Saint Laurent focusses on this virtuoso of haute couture, whose unique style blends references to the world of art with allusions to pop culture and social revolution. Structured around four themes, the exhibition develops the revolutionary nature of a body of work that has marked both the past and the present with a new definition of femininity and left a signature that transcends fashion. The display will include 145 accessorized creations belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, as well as drawings and videos.

Yves Saint Laurent is famed for revolutionizing the haute-couture tradition and laying the foundations of modern women’s wear. The wardrobe basics that he designed – pantsuit, culotte skirt, pea coat, blazer, safari jacket and tuxedo ¬– shone with his innovative style and became true timeless classics. His designs were equally remarkable, reflecting wide-ranging sources of inspiration. In Saint Laurent’s stylistic vocabulary, music, art, performance, literature and impressions of far-off places were just as important as the new shapes he introduced.



♦ Nathalie Bondil, Director ♦

    “Why present Yves Saint Laurent in Montreal? Quite simply because the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest couturiers is a thing of great beauty. The poetry of each of his creations reflects this man’s incredible sensitivity and vast cultural knowledge. Every square inch of fabric is compelling… Experiencing haute couture up close cannot possibly be compared with viewing its image, which at times becomes hackneyed from its omnipresence in the media. Personally, I was blown away, if you will excuse the expression, when I first saw the storage areas of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, and I still am. Kudos to this young institution, a model of its kind! In my opinion, to offer all our visitors this ultimate fashion experience in the setting of a fine arts museum is perfectly justified, especially since our city (like the Museum’s multidisciplinary collections) supports creation, art and design in particular.
    Another aspect of Yves Saint Laurent’s work that touches me is his desire to empower women day and night. He appropriated masculine codes of dress, creating a wardrobe for modern women who were stepping out of traditional roles. This was in stark contrast to the practice of depicting women as Barbie dolls designed to sell products. But above all, he idealized the beauty of all his models, whatever their ethnic background or the colour of their skin (he was the first to use a black model), and his inspiration was nourished by a beautiful soul. Today, more than ever, young designers are re-examining his complex work.”


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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Cocktail Dress, Hommage to Mondrian
1965 Fall/Winter Collection, n° 81
Wool jersey yoke. Faceted jet stud earrings with fancy pearls, patent leather pumps with metal buckles.
Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
© All rights reserved

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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
First Tuxedo
1966 Fall/Winter Collection, n° 76
Nap and satin silk jacket and trousers, mandarin tuxedo shirt.
Tie, cumberbund and satin silk ankle boots, metal cufflinks with fancy pearls
Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
© All rights reserved

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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Evening Gown
1968 Fall/Winter Collection, n° 74
Silk muslin, ostrich feather boa. Metal “serpent” belt
Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
© All rights reserved

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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Evening Ensemble
2001 Spring/Summer Collection, n° 89
Gauze coat with ostrich feather border, satin crêpe gown
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
© All rights reserved



Exhibition Layout
The exhibition is divided into four main themes: “The Stroke of a Pencil” where the designer’s idea is followed from the original sketch; “The Yves Saint Laurent Revolution,” where feminized versions of men’s attire rub shoulders with seductive apparel; “The Palette,” which shows how traditional rules of colour harmony were reversed in new contrasts inspired by cross-fertilization; and “Lyrical Sources,” which explores the historical, literary (Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Louis Aragon, Jean Cocteau…) and artistic influences that were interpreted and translated by this genius of couture. Throughout his career, Yves Saint Laurent examined the work of the great artists of our day, expressing his personal tastes and the paintings he admired by transforming painting into fabric. Some of his creations reflect the visual sensations of Impressionism, while others liberate the expressive power of some of the great names and movements of modern art: Mondrian and Poliakoff in 1965, the “Pop Art” dresses in 1966, Picasso in 1979 and Braque in 1988.


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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Cocktail dress – Spring/Summer 1992
Gazar. Wide-brimmed sun hat with sequin embroidery.
Ceramic pendant earrings. Crêpe pumps
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Inv. 1992 PE 45
Photo Alexander Guirkinger
© All rights reserved

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Yves Saint Laurent
Born in Oran, Alegria, in 1936
Wedding Dress – Spring/Summer 99
Wreath, bracelet, and ankle bracelet of roses and leaves.
Gazar train. Crêpe sandels
Photo Fondation Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Inv. 1999 PE 68
Photo Alexander Guirkinger
© All rights reserved

\Exhibition Yves Saint Laurent – May 29 to September 28, 2008
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Photo Christine Guest – © All rights reserved

\Exhibition Yves Saint Laurent – May 29 to September 28, 2008
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Photo Christine Guest – © All rights reserved


Exhibition Curators
The French fashion historian Florence Müller, Chief Curator of the exhibition, has shared her passion for and knowledge of French fashion and haute couture with Associate Curators Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Jill D’Alessandro, associate curator, Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



! After Montreal, the exhibition (which is the first co-production of these two museums) will be presented at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, from November 1, 2008, to March 1, 2009 ¡



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~ by Stampfli & Turci on June 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “Yves Saint Laurent – Splendide exhibition !”

  1. I ve always been a huge fan of his work since I was a little girl.
    I wish I could make it.

  2. […] French version […]

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