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Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit
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Date: 7/5/12 9:13 PM

Today, I went to the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum. I so wish they had allowed picture taking as I would have loved to share some of what I saw with all of you.

The clothing I saw today on display was beautiful, strange, and ahead of its time, but I think I particularly enjoyed learning about Yves Saint Laurent, the person, as I've not really read about or studied him.

He worked for Dior as a very young man and took over as head designer at the House of Dior upon Dior’s death in 1957. He later started his own house (here’s more of his story Yves Saint Laurent history.

YSL was shy and prone to depression, which I think strikes many great artists. He was also a perfectionist and might ask that a dress be taken apart and re-sewn for even a minor imperfection.

He wanted women to feel beautiful and be comfortable in his clothes and was one of the first designers to create pants and pantsuits for women at a time when society was just starting to accept this. He also wished that he had created blue jeans.

I heard this quote a couple of times today in various videos that were played during the exhibit (I think this is a beautiful quote): “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.” He also said, “Fashion fades. Style is eternal.”

He thought women’s bodies were beautiful and only worked on live models, not on dress forms.

He was influenced by artists such as Mondrian and Andy Warhol, who was a friend of his. While he didn’t travel much, he fell in love with the colors of Marrakech, Morocco, where he had a home. It also influenced the name of his famous perfume, Opium. (P.S. If you Google, Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Morocco you’ll find some lovely pictures of his garden there).

It was amazing to see the Tuxedo wall, which had 40 interpretations of Tuxedos he designed for women in his collections over the years, which included jackets and pants as well as interpretations in dresses and skirts.

Just across from the Tuxedo wall was a large number of evening gowns from various collections over the years in various materials and colors—they were all beautiful.

The exhibit only runs through July 8.
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Date: 7/5/12 10:14 PM

DAM has long been one of my favorite museums I've been to. Makes me sad I'm too far away right now to go.

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Date: 7/5/12 10:26 PM

One more thing I just remembered that I thought was pretty neat was a hallway with two large walls filled with pages from a swatch notebook that he kept.

He had pinned hundreds (well, probably more like thousands...) of fabric samples into the notebooks. The pages of the notebooks were dispayed behind glass and arranged by color.

Apparently, he used these to play with color combinations.

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Date: 7/6/12 10:46 PM

I found some images of the exhibit on line here and here.

There are several pictures of the Tuxedo wall and a couple of picture of the swatch wall in the first link. On the second link, there are larger picture if you scroll down.
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