1962: the year Yves Saint Laurent was born on rue Spontini, in the 16th arrondissement. 60 years later, to celebrate the birthday of its favorite fashion designer, Paris is dedicating a major exhibition in six of the capital's most prestigious museums, curated by Madison Cox with the participation of Charlotte Barat.
The perfect opportunity to reaffirm the dialogue that has never ceased between art and fashion within the walls of the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Orsay and Picasso museums, the MAM and the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.
At the Musée d'Orsay
Head for the old hall of the Orsay station , in the Salon de l'Horloge where festive outfits for the grand balls and sketches by Yves Saint Laurent are displayed. In a Proustian atmosphere, we dive back into the world of the writer whom the couturier so adored with tuxedos galore and satiny dresses with lamb sleeves. All the elements of the time are there!
To see: the dress Jane Birkin reach for the Proust Ball Rothschild in 1971, the surprising sketch headdresses and costumes made by Saint Laurent for Ball Heads in 1957 given by the Baron to Alexis Rédé at the Hotel Lambert. We never tire of the timeless women's tuxedo suits that brilliantly explore the feminine-masculine wardrobe.
Yves Saint Laurent at the Musée d'Orsay , Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Paris 7th. Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., late opening on Thursday, admission €16, free for those under 25.
At the Pompidou Center
Stronghold of contemporary art, Beaubourg is obviously a key place for the house of Yves Saint Laurent . End clap: we remember the last river parade of Mr. Saint Laurent in 2002 at the Center Pompidou , moving for a last tribute of the couturier to his passion for creation.
To see: the cult pop and arty outfits like the Mondrian dress which borders on the limits between the garment worn and the work of art, the incarnated perfection of the couturier's achievement. The famous green fur from the 1971 collection is also on display, as well as the hyper-graphic Hommage à Tom Wesselmann and Fernand Léger dresses.
Yves Saint Laurent exhibition until May 16 at the Center Pompidou , Paris 4th. Wednesday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation
Here you are a little mouse in Yves-Saint Laurent's studio. Immediate immersion in the couturier's backstage at 5, avenue Marceau , the cult address of the YSL house which until 2002 was both his design studio, a fitting place and the meeting place for haute couture fashion shows, in the pure tradition of French haute couture. In this exhibition, we are interested in the creation of a collection, from its origin to the cut, to the movement, to the gesture, to a line then to a sketch .
To see: a selection of original sketches, by Yves Saint Laurent whose pencil line crystallized a particular emotion, but also workshop patterns, cult canvas outfits, or even fabric samples to relive the highlights of the outline of a collection as in the past.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum , 5 avenue Marceau, Paris 16th. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission €10, €7 for 10-18 year olds.
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© Estate of Jeanloup Sieff © Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN- Grand Palais / image Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI
At the Museum of Modern Art in Paris
Yves Saint Laurent is a young man of his time. Friends of post-war artists, such as Andy Warhol , he regularly dips into current artistic trends and lets himself be influenced by Pop Art and the palette of artists. Juvenile but super talented, he merges art and fashion pushing the limits of creation.
To see: the timeless spring-summer 1966 collection in which the couturier explores a very colorful universe influenced by the Swinging Sixties and the arts, he imagines futuristic outfits dominated by bold colors and geometry. The divine dresses homage to Bonnard's touch, as well as the ultra-glam satiny dresses (collection of 1992 and 1995) can be found in the galleries of the museum.
The Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Museum Museum of Modern Art , 11 avenue du President Wilson Paris 16th. From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free access to the permanent collections.
At the Louvre
The Yves Saint Laurent Foundation has chosen the museum that best embodies the know-how of French (and international) artisans to exhibit its finest haute couture and jewelry pieces in the prestigious Galerie d'Apollon, dedicated to the arts under Louis XIV . True pieces of arts and crafts , this collection is distinguished by the desire of Mr. St. Lawrence to approach the great masters by his technique and to endow the objects with a cultural value.
To see: Tribute to my house , the very precious jacket made of antique marbles, enamels, mirrors, cameos, ivories and a collection of gems by Louis XIV presented at the spring-summer 1990 show. Another centerpiece: the splendid signature heart of the couturier, goldsmith's object, made by the Scemama house which exalts to its climax the passion for faith and love, confusing and transforming fashion into art.
Yves Saint Laurent at the Louvre Museum , 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er. Wednesday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission €17, free for children under 26.
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At the Picasso Museum
An authentic upcycling of Picasso's works, transformed, appropriated and then sublimated, the outfits from Yves Saint Laurent's 1979 collection are much more than a tribute to the painter . Almost theatrical, the couturier deciphers: “ My collection was built like a ballet”, confronting the couturier with the artist.
To see: the jacket Homage to Pablo Picasso in 1979 against the Portrait of Picasso nusch éluard the jacket trompel'oeil 1988 totally surreal imitating the violin but also the satin dress Tribute and disturbing face unstructured flake in memory of Bust Woman in a Striped Hat (1939) by Picasso.
Yves Saint Laurent at the Picasso Museum , 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission €14, reduction €11.
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