VMFA’s Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

 Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit opening this summer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will become home to the distinguished Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit.
This one-of-a-kind exhibit showcases selections from the legendary designer’s 44-year career, drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé with new acquisitions that have never been shown publicly before. 
The exhibit includes 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments revealing Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, as well as his working process, and the sources of his design inspiration. VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition.
 In addition to haute couture ensembles and ready-to-wear clothing, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style includes costume jewelry and other accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and video from the Fondation’s vast archive.
The exhibit will run through the end of August.

1. Evening gown, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008).

Spring-Summer 1971 haute couture collection. Blue and black crepe de chine with pattern of ancient Greek figures; short sleeved bodice with empire waist emphasized by black silk crepe bias tape; skirt with sunburst pleating. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Sophie Carre.

2. Evening Ensemble, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008).

Spring-Summer 1981 haute couture collection. Blue silk taffeta gown with train and white silk taffeta flounces; trimmed with black braiding. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Sophie Carre.

3. Elephant Blanc, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), short evening dress.

Spring-Summer 1958 Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior haute couture collection, known as the Trapeze Collection. Trapeze dress of white tulle embroidered with silver metallic thread and rhinestones. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger.

4.Hommage to Piet Mondrian, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), cocktail dress.

Fall-Winter 1965 haute couture collection. Wool jersey dress with ivory, black, blue, red, and yellow incrustations. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger.

5.Hommage to Tom Wesselmann, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), evening gown.

Fall-Winter 1966 haute couture collection. Straight dress of purple wool jersey, pink wool jersey applique. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger.

6.Evening Gown, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008).

Fall-Winter 1983 Paris haute couture collection. Strapless gown; draped pink silk satin bodice with large bow on back waist; black silk velvet skirt with short train. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger.

7.Wedding Dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008).

Fall-Winter 1970 haute couture collection. Multicolored silk velvet coat with applique letters forming the words “Love me forever” on front and “Or never” on back; various shapes in multicolored silk. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.

First Pantsuit, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), worn by Ulla. Fall-Winter 1966 haute couture collection. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Gérard Pataa.

 

Bambara Art-inspired evening ensemble, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), worn by Danielle Luquet de Saint German. Spring-Summer 1967 haute couture collection. Jardin Des Serres d’Auteuil, Bois de Boulogne, Paris. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris Photo: Jean-Paul Cadé.
 
 
SOIR Spring-Summer 1971 haute couture collection board, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Mixed media on thick grid paper pinned with fabric swatches. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
 
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Wedding Dress, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Fall-Winter 1970 haute couture collection. Multicolored silk velvet coat with applique letters forming the words “Love me forever” on front and “Or never” on back; various shapes in multicolored silk. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.
First Pantsuit, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), worn by Ulla. Fall-Winter 1966 haute couture collection. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Gérard Pataa.
Bambara Art-inspired evening ensemble, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), worn by Danielle Luquet de Saint German. Spring-Summer 1967 haute couture collection. Jardin Des Serres d’Auteuil, Bois de Boulogne, Paris. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris Photo: Jean-Paul Cadé.
SOIR Spring-Summer 1971 haute couture collection board, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Mixed media on thick grid paper pinned with fabric swatches. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.

Various examples of paper dolls, assembled by Yves Saint Laurent, circa 1950.

Dolls cut from magazines and glued onto cardboard; garments made of paper cutouts, ink, watercolor, and gouache. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.


 

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