YSL - Expo

Exhibition / Under the high patronage of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Yves Saint-Laurent joined Christian Dior aged 19, and on the death of his mentor, he took over the fashion house. In 1957, he was 21. Just like Dior in his time, Saint-Laurent went beyond the field of fashion (his 1958 Trapèze collection). Yves Saint Laurent rapidly became independent with the help of Pierre Bergé (creation of his own company in 1961). Saint-Laurent, who said that “the most beautiful item to dress a woman or the arms of the man she loves” (adding “but for those who haven’t been lucky enough to find that happiness I am here“) was able to liberate women with his safari jackets, trousers suits, tuxedos, and thigh-high boots. In parallel to his famous Mondrian dresses with designs by the painter, he created the women’s ready-to-wear line Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The guy who apparently dreamed of being a hippie was ahead of the beatnik current with his black jacket. Yves Saint Laurent died on June 1, 2008. On his death, Carla Bruni said: “I feel a pang of sadness when I think about Mr. Saint Laurent. He was an exceptional artist and human being. He enhanced not only beauty but also strength. It is a great honor for me to have worked with him.” Two years later, in March 2010, an exhibition was held in the Petit Palais in Paris, under the High Patronage of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. This retrospective of 45 years of haute couture featured 307 models selected from the 5,000 pieces conserved at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, which tell of the power given to women by the clothes they wear.