Fashion Friday: YSL comes to VMFA

What you need to know about the VMFA’s exhibit: Yves Saint Laurent: the Perfection of Style

By: Catie Deal, Editor-in-Chief

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts unveiled their latest exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: the Perfection of Style, on May 6th.  The exhibit gives viewers a look at the achievements of Yves Saint Laurent, where his inspiration came from, and his design process.  \

Laurent started his career working for Dior and slowly worked his way to head Designer at the young age of 21.  After a few successful seasons he faced deep scrutiny and was fired.  He then started his own fashion house with the help of his partner, and they called

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Evening Gown, Autumn-Winter, 1983 haute couture collection named “Paris”. Photograph by Gilles Tapie

it Yves Saint Laurent YSL.  In 1966, he created the first tuxedo for women, pushing women towards more modern styles that we know today.  He continued to mainstream silhouettes from earlier decades.  Today the YSL house still stands strong with its current creative director, Anthony Vaccarello.

 

The exhibit features haute couture pieces, ready to wear pieces, accessories, and much more.  The exhibit spans from 1953, when Laurent was a teenager, to 2002, Laurent’s last runway show.  The VMFA is the only place on the East Coast to host this showing, which makes it extremely exciting for those of us who visit the VMFA regularly.

The exhibit is open until August, 27th which makes it a great summer fieldtrip!  Ticket prices and more information are available here.

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