I am sure that you have read, heard or saw somewhere, that Yves Saint Laurent museums opened in Paris and Marrakesh this month. In the former high fashion building, where the Paris Museum was founded, I visited immediately after its opening, in early October, when rain and a cold wind blew. Eh, I'd instead go to Marrakech because Paris is not the warmest European capital. And when you need to wait at the entrance for an hour and a half, both hands and legs are wiped off. But it was worth it! Really!
Today I want to get you to Marceau Avenue 5, where the most original and most impressive works by Yves Saint Laurent have been born for almost thirty years. I am warning you won't find in this article any dry information about 450 square meters or a brief description taken from the press release. Today I want you to know Yves Saint Laurent as French people knew, so you could walk through his work as you would have been models, tailors, assistants of him... or just his women muses!
Why so much attention to this designer? He was an extraordinary person and lived an extravagant life, full of alcohol, drugs, and partying. They finally got him into a rehab hospital with his best friend, Betty Catroux. She has recently confessed to Stupéfiant TV show: "Everything that was normal was killing us from boredom". Yes, Yves Saint Laurent was not a holy, although the word Saint in French means exactly that. However, this desire to live differently has partly helped Yves Saint Laurent to create such a fashion that has had a very significant influence on the emancipation of women in France.
In 2002, upon retirement, at the press conference, he told to a large crowd of journalists, colleagues, and friends: "I always wanted to serve women. I wanted to accompany them in this great movement of women's liberation, which we knew in the last century". Since his very first collection in 1964, Yves Saint Laurent has been developing new fashionable women's dress codes, inspired by a man's wardrobe. He frees the woman from the traditional elegance codes. Having borrowed a comfortable and practical cut from a man's wardrobe, he creates a feminine costume that combines elegance and simplicity. So the male tuxedo becomes a privilege for emancipated women.
This is reflected in the exposition "Retrospective" of his museum in Paris. In the first part, the visitor can get acquainted with the clothes that have defined Yves Saint Laurent's style. Elegant costumes inspired by men's clothes, black or white dresses that resemble men's suits, but retaining feminine charm. Yves Saint Laurent's life partner Pierre Bergé said: "Chanel has released a woman, Saint Laurent has given her power". Imagine a woman from the 1960s to the 1970s wearing an elegant suit with trousers and holding her hand in her pocket. At that time she looked extremely powerful and free. Let's be honest - it still looks like this. This powerful image was given to a woman by Yves Saint Laurent.
Despite his chaotic life, Yves Saint Laurent was an incredibly talented creator. During his creative period, designers created real art and did not just think about selling their clothing. Yves Saint Laurent was able to run his entire fantasy and work without restraint. Thus, many of his clothing was born passing a 20th century, which at that time was rated as a very summoning one. For example, a nephrite black dress "Bambara" found in the collection of 1967, was embroidered with wood and rock garden pearls. Such simple materials were a novelty in the work of designers. However, most shocking at that time were dresses with the open underside of the breast, which is typical of the African style. Yves Saint Laurent was looking for inspiration for this collection in Africa and its art.
Many of the designer collections were inspired by his colorful travels or the works of his favorite artists. Here you can see the dress decorated with Sezana's yellow sunflower or Picasso patterns. You will find the most elegant and classical evening dresses inspired by Antique and Retro style in the seventh exhibition hall. These works were designed to honor fashion. He always liked to turn to the past, look at silhouettes of the Middle Ages or discover new ideas in Renanceans clothing. Yves Saint Laurent liked to bring his collection to a variety of epochs and countries. The museum in Paris is open to see the most beautiful and most valuable works by this designer.
But probably the most impressive museum hall is the reconstructed Yves Saint Laurent work studio. Here, on the tables are lined up materials, beautifully fitted accessories, the thickest drawings of sketches, and on the walls lots of photos of his beloved models and muses. His glasses lie on the table, and white overall is folded on the chair, a bowl of French bulldog Muzik's water is placed on the floor. It seems that the designer will enter the studio in a minute, will sit down to his place and look at the massive, full-wall mirror to watch the incoming model. He will evaluate the materials lying on her and decide whether this garment is worthy of being in his latest collection, or whether it needs to be repaired, changed, abandoned.
In this room, in the heart of the former high fashion house, the restored atmosphere makes us crave. Due to these feelings and the fact that Yves Saint Laurent's most significant and beautiful works are worth seeing, it is worth taking a queue!