I recently visited the Seattle Art Museum to see the much talked about YSL exhibit ; "The Perfection of Style". The exhibition highlighted the designer's 44 year career, with over 100 Haute couture garments, accessories, photographs and films as well as drawings. Some that have never been seen publicly before.
I really enjoyed reading about all the stages of his life, beginning with his early days at Dior in 1958 through his innovative designs in the 60's and 70's. What and who inspired him from season to season. I loved the gowns, they were stunning! But I spent the most time perusing his work process. From first sketches and fabric selection to the various stages of production until the final product was completed. A process that I understand completely.
Any fan of the designer, or fan of fashion in general, will enjoy this.It is superbly curated and a joy to behold. The exhibition runs through January 8, 2017. Don't miss it!
Some examples of his working sketches.
Fashion fades, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent
Until next time,