Pre­serv­ing the spirit of Yves Saint Lau­rent

Otago Daily Times - - World -

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PARIS: A new mu­seum show­cas­ing the cre­ations of late French cou­turier Yves Saint Lau­rent opens in Paris next week, of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a glimpse into his stu­dio and how he pulled to­gether his col­lec­tions.

Housed in the el­e­gant build­ing that was the seat of Saint Lau­rent’s epony­mous la­bel for 28 years, the mu­seum in­cludes dis­plays of some of his most strik­ing be­jew­elled dresses and the de­signs that de­fined his style.

It recre­ates the workspace where Saint Lau­rent worked at his col­lec­tions, an ate­lier filled with sketches, fab­rics and draw­ers full of beads and lace and in­clud­ing his orig­i­nal desk, com­plete with pin­cush­ion.

‘‘This is more than a fash­ion mu­seum; we’re open­ing up the house of an artist,’’ mu­seum di­rec­tor Olivier Fla­viano said.

‘‘You can find the spirit of Saint Lau­rent in the clothes, but also in the sur­round­ings.’’

The build­ing in­cludes fit­ting room where clients came to be mea­sured.

The mu­seum had its of­fi­cial in­au­gu­ra­tion on Thurs­day and will open its doors to the public on Tues­day, weeks af­ter the death of Pierre Berge, Saint Lau­rent’s one­ time part­ner and busi­ness as­so­ci­ate.

Berge, a pa­tron of the arts and well­known cam­paigner for gay rights, helped bring the la­bel to promi­nence and was be­hind the project to launch the Yves Saint Lau­rent Mu­seum.

An­other mu­seum ded­i­cated to the de­signer is due to open on Oc­to­ber 19 in Mar­rakech, Mor­roco. Saint Lau­rent of­ten trav­elled there.

The de­signer was con­sid­ered one of the 20th cen­tury’s most in­flu­en­tial. He pop­u­larised tuxedo­style suits for women, known as ‘‘Le Smok­ing’’. He re­tired in 2002 and died six years later. — Reuters

Glam­our . . . Dresses and hat cre­ations are dis­played at the Yves Saint Lau­rent Mu­seum in Paris, due to open next week, which will cel­e­brate the life and work of the French de­signer.

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