Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent “La Revolution de la Mode” exhibit

Marking its 15th exhibition, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation latest showcases the early years of the designer’s rive gauche line with the aptly named La Revolution de la Mode. With over seventy designs, the exhibition illustrates the beginning of the revolution of accessibility, that Saint Laurent saw to when founding of his prêt-à-porter line. In providing each woman the ability to own a piece of his work, the Yves Saint Laurent name was no longer only associated with the rich clients he draped in haute couture. And, as feminist Marguerite Duras’ stated, (a quote which is scrawled near the top of the walls of the exhibit), the notion of every and any woman owning a YSL design is reinforced: “the Saint Laurent women come from harems, from castles, and even from the suburbs, they frequent the streets, the metros, the dime stores, the stock exchange.” The exhibition runs until July 17th.


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