Friday, 10 July 2015

YSL: Style is Eternal...

Portrait of Yves Saint Laurent 1986_©Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Guy Marineau

Yves Saint Laurent, arguably one of fashion's most influential designers, had quite the career.  From being creative director at Dior at the tender age of twenty-one (and seriously transforming the label, much to the distaste of many Dior customers!), going on to launch his own label just three years later rivalling the top designers of his day and being one of the first designers to present a ready to wear collection, it's clear to see why a retrospective of his work would command so much media attention, and rightly so.  If you love fashion, you will already be aware that tomorrow sees the UK's first exhibition  of YSL's most influential pieces, 'YSL: Style is Eternal' open to the public.  The exciting part for me is that the launch is taking place right here on my doorstep, at the stunning Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, one of my favourite places to visit.  Yes, Pierre Bergé, former business partner of Yves and the man responsible for the promotion of the work of YSL, chose the venue because of it's grandeur, it's amazing work and commitment to fashion and most importantly it's French legacy (Lady Joséphine Bowes was French).

I have kindly been invited to review the collection this coming Sunday and I am so excited to see Yves Saint Laurent's work in the flesh.  As a lover of Chanel also, YSL's work was all about the empowerment of women and breaking stereotypical and traditional fashion conventions, almost finishing what Gabrielle Chanel started.  Both designers were obsessed with the idea of line and form, perfect for a tailoring-lover like me!  I can't wait to see the beauty in Saint Laurent's work.

"If Chanel gave women the freedom, it was Saint Laurent that empowered them"-Pierre Bergé

Notable pieces to look out for will be as follows:

Le Smoking-the woman's trouser suit first popularised by the designer in 1966 and still ever present in fashion today (just open this month's Vogue!)

Premier smoking Yves Saint Laurent.HC-AH.1966.©Gérard Pataa

The Mondrian Dress-inspired by his connections to Pop Art, the Mondrian dress was a homage to artist Piet Mondrian's work.

 Short cocktail dress. Tribute to Piet Mondrian- ©Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent  Alexandre Guirkinger

Dior- An extremely rare Dior dress has been restored solely for the exhibition-this I cannot wait to see in person!

 Zepherine Dress (c) Palais Galliera - Andy Barnham

My outfit is chosen, my camera and notebook are ready.  Fashion fades my lovelies but trust Yves: Style is Eternal...


PS-check back on Sunday for my review of the collection.  YSL: Style is Eternal runs from July 11th to October 25th, 2015 at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.  Tickets can be bought here.

All images were kindly given to me by the PR Team at the Bowes Museum.  All photographs are copyrighted and credited accordingly.

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