Yves Saint Laurent archive in two displays: Tokyo & Calais

This year, a lot of beautiful works signed Yves Saint Laurent are on display in different museums in the world. If for me, I would love to see two of them: the retrospective at the The National Art Center in Tokyo and the YSL lace masterpieces in Calais. Yep, plus a bonus visit at Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Museum. (photo up: Haute Couture autumn/winter 1970. © Yves Saint Laurent © Estate Jeanloup Sieff)

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Haute couture autumn/winter 1990. Photo: Patricia Canino © Yves Saint Laurent © Patricia Canino.  

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

There will be roughly 110 pieces to see, including garments like the 1965 Mondrian dresses, accessories, sketches and photographs of the designer at work, including pieces from his debut at Dior through to the establishment of his own style. 

Though Yves Saint Laurent was only 21 years old when he was catapulted to the top of the French couture industry as head designer of the Dior fashion house, Saint Laurent went on to become one of the greatest visionaries of 20th century fashion. 

This is the first time an official Saint Laurent retrospective is being staged in fashion-frenzied Tokyo, so you can expect a lot from the momentous collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. The exhibition will launch on September 20 2023 and run through December 11 2023.  

Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies – at The Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, France

This beautiful venue will host an exhibition dedicated to the work of French fashion, co-produced with the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris. The exhibition will focus on the theme of transparency, showcasing more than sixty pieces from the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Museum of Lace and Fashion collections that highlight how much the couturier has been able “to overturn the codes of the unveiling of the female body”.

Haute couture autumn/winter 1964. Photo: Tom Kublin. © Yves Saint Laurent © Tom Kublin
Illustration – haute couture spring/summer 1968, made by Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 for the catalogue of the exhibition of Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. © Yves Saint Laurent 

The exhibit aims to demonstrate how Yves Saint Laurent used the effects of transparency of fabrics “to propose a new, powerful, and sensual female figure,” and will feature garments covering more than four decades from the couturier alongside accessories, drawings, photographs and videos. It will run at the Museum of Lace and Fashion from June 24 to November 12, 2023, before moving to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris from the beginning of 2024. 

Haute couture spring/summer1980. Photo: Claus Ohm. © Claus Ohm. 

Haute couture autumn/winter 1971. © Yves Saint Laurent.  

Photography: (c) courtesy of the museums mentioned. 

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