After the great success of “Yves Saint Laurent at the museums“, a new flamboyant exhibition, around the work of the legendary couturier, is coming up as of tomorrow, with a theme that has never been tackled before: Gold in Yves Saint Laurent’s creations – Revealing once again the couturier’s links with art.
“Gold by Yves Saint Laurent” celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first fashion show of the designer and the 5th anniversary of the museum dedicated to him.
Everything will vibrate in this exhibition, which will show fashion under a new light. Unlike the usual frozen presentations on mannequins. “Gold by Yves Saint Laurent” Clothes and accessories dialogue together with the works of different artists. “It’s not just about choosing pieces, but thinking about how to present them. I want to highlight the archives, while making them resonate with today’s creation”, explains the curator of the exhibition, Elsa Janssen, who has just taken over the direction of the museum.
For this exhibition, Janssen built a show around five themes, from the baroque world of Yves Saint Laurent, which borrows from the pomp of monarchs to give power to women, to the festive years of the Seventies with dresses of light to go dancing, through the most dazzling pieces, such as the jewel-dress of fall-winter 1966 entirely covered with gold sequins with belt and necklace of stones encrusted in trompe l’oeil.
“Gold by Yves Saint Laurent” to show 40 pieces from 1962, out of the more than 10,000 inventoried in the museum’s collection, mostly haute couture creations. A golden jumpsuit lent by Sylvie Vartan, made by the designer in 1972, also appears among other loans. It has also chosen to invite, alongside Johan Creten, other talents and contemporary artists to enhance the creations of the designer “to celebrate his modernity and his genius, while inscribing Yves Saint Laurent in time.
The show includes a visit to Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, left in its original state, with the bookcase, drawings and photos hanging on the wall and his desk dotted with pots still full of pencils. In one corner, rolls of shimmering gold fabric look like they’ve just been chosen for the next collection, while on the work table, a box left open is filled with gold buttons of all types and shapes, smooth, domed, striated, sculpted, rhinestone. As if the designer had just left the premises.
From October 14 to May 14, 2023
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, 5, avenue Marceau
75116 Paris – France
Open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m