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Yves Saint Laurent’s signature design style is marked by its intertwining of references from the art world with those of popular culture and social revolution. Since its establishment in the 1960s by Saint Laurent himself and his partner, Pierre Berge, the Yves Saint Laurent haute couture house has redefined femininity, creating arguably the most famous – and sexiest – suit for women, ‘Le Smoking’ suit, as well as the innovative, landmark collections Pop Art, Ballet Russes and Picasso.This retrospective book is a one-of-a-kind complete survey of the forty-year history of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, highlighting the inventive character of the designer’s work. Over 160 of the best designs and accessories, all taken from the Foundation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent collection, appear along with drawings and photographs. This volume is a beautiful and comprehensive tribute to the timeless style of Yves Saint Laurent design. “Yves Saint Laurent” is the companion book to an exhibition that will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in the summer of 2008 and the de Young Museum in San Francisco in winter of 2008-9.
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An exclusive homage to – and retrospective of – the iconic fashion designer’s couture accessories.‘One can never overstate the importance of accessories. They are what turns a dress into something else. I like dresses to be sober and accessories to be wild’, Yves Saint Laurent, 1977.Yves Saint Laurent Accessories is the first book to date to shed light on the breathtaking accessories created by one of the most influential fashion designers of all time. From his first collection in 1962 to his acclaimed final presentation in 2002, Yves Saint Laurent created exquisite jewellery, hats, shoes, and handbags to complement and enhance each of his couture creations. Beautifully designed, in a small format evocative of a jewellery box, the book offers an unprecedented glimpse into the highly confidential archives of The Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris, which is home to over 20,000 remarkable accessories. The book features specially commissioned photography of the accessories alongside a treasure trove of rare materials including preparatory sketches, intimate portraits of Saint Laurent at work, behind-the-scenes snapshots of models, catwalk photographs, and advertising campaigns. Yves Saint Laurent Accessories introduces readers to a prominent yet rarely seen side of Saint Laurent’s art, leading them backstage and through the history of a house that helped to shape the course of fashion.
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