Yves Saint Laurent: Style


In collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent’s signature style intertwines references from the art world with those of popular culture and social revolution. ...
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In collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent’s signature style intertwines references from the art world with those of popular culture and social revolution. Since its establishment in the 1960s by the designer and Pierre Bergé, the Yves Saint Laurent haute couture house has redefined femininity, creating arguably the most famous (and sexiest) suit for women, “Le Smoking” tuxedo, and innovative collections with names such as Pop Art, Ballet Russes, and Picasso.


This retrospective book is the first to cover the forty years of Yves Saint Laurent and highlights the inventive character of the designer’s work. Over 160 of his finest designs and accessories, all taken from the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent collection, are presented. The book is the companion volume to an exhibition that will travel to The Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These small (61/4 " x 81/4") books, the first in a new series, offer capsule introductions to the achievements of three of the most important designers of this century. Berg, Saint Laurent's partner since the couturier's sensational 1962 debut, writes a brief seven-page homage to Saint Laurent's artistry, followed by 52 photographs of his most significant designs, which changed women's fashions. Carefully selected, the illustrations also show the artworks and the environment that inspired Saint Laurent. Martin, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, offers an insightful analysis of recently deceased Italian designer Versace's eye-opening fashions, which juxtapose silk with leather, street style with couture, in an unmistakable signature. Forty-nine photographs illustrate representative works of the last 15 years. Trtiack manages to summarize the house of Cartier's 150-year history into a succinct 16-page essay. While Cartier designed fancy clocks and desk accessories as well, it is the fabulous jewels that are featured here and that the reader will recognize. Certainly, these books do not approach some of the serious, in-depth publications of recent years (e.g., Yves Saint Laurent: Images of Design, 1958-1988, 1988. o.p.) or the weighty and expensive coffee-table tomes (e.g., Versace's Men Without Ties, Abbeville, 1996), but for libraries with small budgets, these quality publications can provide economical introductions to designers with whom most readers should be acquainted.Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810971202
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 255,543
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

British-born Hamish Bowles is a fashion journalist, curator, and currently European editor-at-large for Vogue. He lives in New York City. Florence Müller is a historian, a correspondent for the magazine Surface, and a professor at Institut Français de la mode in Paris where she lives.

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Table of Contents

Yves Saint Laurent 11

Retrospective 1962-2002 12

A Mirror to His Time 15

The Saint Laurent Style 20

At the Pencil Point 28

Style in Movement 31

The Body Revealed 40

Redefining the Silhouette 48

The Yves Saint Laurent Revolution 52

Masculine-Feminine 55

An Ambiguous Attraction 74

Fundamentals for the Evening 84

The Palette 94

Morocco 97

Imaginary Voyages 104

Colors and Textures 140

Geometry 150

Lyrical Sources 158

Over Time 161

Dialogue with Art 168

Literature 192

Glamour 200

Animals 208

Flora 218

Biography 238

Appendixes 246

Chronological Index of Designs 248

Haute Couture Suppliers 249

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