Dedication to Yves Saint Laurent and the Pierre Bergé-YSL Foundation
Text: Christina Zikou
Today’s Parisian stroll is all about Yves Saint Laurent, the famous couturier who radically changed the world of fashion, turning it into what it is today. He understood and affirmed the role of women in society through his amazing creations. Being at the forefront of a genuine revolution, he gave them pantsuits, sahara outfits, jumpsuits, flowing sailor suits, uniform jackets and tuxedos, whilst offering them an exceptionally strong, feminine and above all, modern aura.
Saint Laurent started his career as an assistant to Christian Dior and became artistic director of the Maison, when Monsieur Dior passed away. In association with his partner-for-life Pierre Bergé, he decided to create his own couture house, launching his first collection on 29th January 1962, at 30 bis rue Spontini in Paris. He opened his Saint Laurent Rive Gauche store in 1966, the first ready-to-wear boutique to bear a couturier’s name ever. In 1974, his partner and himself moved the couture house to 5 avenue Marceau, a hôtel particulier from the Second Empire, where YSL would assert his style.
On 7th January 2002 he announced that he was ending his career during a press conference. From them on, he devoted all his energy to the activities of the Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which was created to prolong the history of the House. The Foundation’s goals cover the conservation of the 5.000 haute couture garments and the 15.000 accessories, sketches and assorted objects that bear witness to 40 years of YSL creativity, the organization of exhibitions and the support of cultural and educational projects.
It’s been five years since the flamboyant designer left us, but his inspiration and vision will always be with us. The Foundation, in association with the ING cultural centre in Brussels, organizes an exclusive exhibition which focuses on the visionary power of the iconic designer. The glory of one hundred items -more than 80 of which have never been displayed before- is to be admired within the “Yves Saint Laurent, A visionary” exhibition, curated by Florence Müller, who had previously put together the YSL retrospective in the Petit Palais in Paris.
We miss you, Yves.
Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris. For more info, click here.
Yves Saint Laurent, a visionary, 30th January 2013 to 5th May 2013, ING Cultural Centre, Place Royale 6, 1000 Brussels. For more info, click here.
Photos via fondation pb-ysl.net