On Friday, we attended the Seattle Art Museum’s presentation of Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, showcasing highlights from the legendary designer’s 44-year career. Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition featured new acquisitions by the Foundation that have never been shown publicly before. The exhibit was a sight to behold, with a selection of over 100 haute couture and SAINT LAURENT rive gauche garments, as well as many accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and other multimedia elements from the Foundation’s vast archive. It even provided the residents a way to virtually try on a one of a kind YSL design and walk the runway!
Besides finished garments, the exhibition presented Saint Laurent’s immersive working process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized.
Beginning in 1953 with the Paper Doll Couture House and shown here for the first time in the US, the exhibition was a journey from Saint Laurent’s first days at Dior in 1955, through his groundbreaking designs of the 1960s and 70s and the splendor of his last two decades of work before he retired in 2002.
It was a fun day of fashion for all!