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Yves Saint-Laurent YSL â¤ï¸

September 27, 2015

I just read a wonderful book which I reviewed and wrote about not long ago. ‘My Paris Dream’ by Kate Betts, which was not only a lovely insight into Paris life but gave the reader a glimse of what it was like to work in the world of fashion alongside such greats as Karl Largerfeld and Yves Saint-Laurent.

I also just returned from a wonderful weekend in Paris, so I am totally inspired and buzzing with all things à la mode. What is it about the city of lights that makes you want to dress like the very best – truly inspiring!

These insights made me want to find out more about these fashion designers who were so much more than just designers, they were icons, people who had vision, then a creation and turned these creations into the fashions we follow in one way or another to this day.

Yves Saint-Laurent

Yves Saint-Laurent is one of the greatest names associated with fashion. Born Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent, in Algeria, he grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean with his two younger sisters, Michelle and Brigitte. He liked to create intricate paper dolls, and by his early teen years he was designing dresses for his mother and sisters. 

At the age of 18, Saint Laurent moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, where his designs quickly gained the attention of fellow designers and in particular by another fashion great – Mr. Christian Dior, who hired Yves Saint-Laurent on the spot! In 1957 Dior announced that he had chosen Yves Saint-Laurent to be his successor at the House of Dior. A huge role for someone so young, but Dior had recognised the talent and genius of his predecessor.
A good friend of mine, Abi Wetherill, was lucky enough to see the works of the great YSL at an exhibition currently on display at The Bowes Museum in County Durham, chosen to host because the museum is in fact an 18th century French-style chateau – a perfect home for fashion’s most Proustian of designers. She has been kind enough to share some images of the amazing dresses and designs on display.

 

Le Smoking tuxedo

 
 

YSL classics


 

YSL classics

  
 

YSL classics

 

I’d like to leave you all with a quote by Yves Saint-Laurent, so true in so many ways –

“Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness I am there.”

 

YSL

 

Find out more about this amazing exhibition here –

http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/visitus/whatson/yvessaintlaurentstyleiseternal

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2 Comments
  1. This is lovely- that quote is wonderful 💕

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