Ever since I’d heard there was a YSL exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, I’d been dying to see it! The perfect opportunity came this weekend, as I was driving to Maryland, taking me right through Richmond. Thank goodness the planets aligned like that and took me through there, because I’d be kicking myself if I’d never gotten to see this! I was blown away at the size of the collection (100 outfits), and I was dying to touch EVERYTHING (I refrained)!
A picture says it best, so here are my favorites of the exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style (click images to enlarge):
Summer 1958 Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior haute couture collection, known as Trapeze collection.
Pieces from 1966 and 1967 lines.
Here you can see the process of design for the previous dress.
They had presentation boards for every year since he began designing his own lines.
Wedding gown from 1970 collection. Reads “Love me forever” and on the back, “or never.”
1967 and 1971 daytime looks
1977 terry cloth outfit
This one is a 1991 look that is an homage to Léon Bakst.
Just when I’d think it was over, the exhibit kept on going.
I loved the presentation of the dresses as much as the dresses themselves.
Spring–Summer 1988 – I love the addition of the doves.
Part of the Autumn–Winter 1966 haute couture collection which was an homage to Pop Art. The next few dresses were all part of that line, and probably my favorite in the whole exhibit.
Various pieces of jewelry
The exhibit runs through August 27th. If you have the opportunity to check it out, I highly recommend it!
More information available at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.