“Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style,” An Insight into Saint Laurent's Work and Life
“Fashion fades, style is eternal,” Yves Saint Laurent once said, and so it has proven in a new exhibition of the designer’s work. From his iconic 1965 dress inspired by a Piet Mondrian painting to recently found sketches from his time at Christian Dior that show his search for new proportions and shapes, “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style,” now running at the Seattle Museum of Art, is an insight into Saint Laurent’s work and life, highlighting the significant influence he had on womenswear with his pantsuits, safari jackets, tuxedos, and more.
“The changes he progressively introduced into the traditional representation of the feminine and masculine bodies and the codes of seduction stand at the origin of the profound changes of contemporary ways of dress," says Florence Müller, curator of the exhibition.
The exhibition features recent acquisitions by the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, with haute couture creations presented along with a multitude of accessories, drawings, photographs, and films from the foundation’s archives.
The exhibits illustrate the journey from the designer’s early experiences at Dior in 1958, through his innovative take on menswear for women in the 1960s and 1970s when he popularized pants suits and incorporating pockets in evening wear, and the splendor of his final collections.
Running through Jan 8, 2017, Seattle Art Museum