Artistic Endeavors – Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit

I’ll not weigh in on whether fashion can be considered a fine rather than “just” a decorative art, but I will share a gallery of the Yves Saint Laurent creations exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The 2017 exhibit, called Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, was drawn from the archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint Laurent and other private collections. In addition to haute couture and ready to wear clothing, it included accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and video from the Fondation’s archive. Saint Laurent’s hit parade included the trapeze dress; the Mondrian dress; and garments, such as the safari jacket, the pantsuit, and the tuxedo, that liberated women from strict gender dress codes. That liberation made its way down the female clothing design chain, and in my mind is Saint Laurent’s enduring legacy.

The trapeze dress from 1958.

Dress from 1966

Coat from 1970. Back says “or never.”

Trio of dresses. Could the middle figure be a Blue (Wo)Man Group member?

smoking jacket from 1966

There are several other photo galleries on the ArtDaily website that you might enjoy perusing as well.


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6 responses to “Artistic Endeavors – Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit

  1. Susan E Greenberg

    Hi Joanne
    Loved reading your article and seeing these wonderful images of the past.

  2. Rosemaryflower

    One of my favorite designers. I love that coat!! Love me forever or never!!

  3. That was a fun blast from the past!

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