To celebrate the 60th anniversary of founding the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, six Paris museums pay tribute to the late designer, from the Centre Pompidou to the Louvre.
Yves Saint Laurent was just 26 when he founded his namesake haute couture fashion house. Now, to mark the sixtieth anniversary, six of the French capital’s most prestigious museums are paying tribute to the legacy of the late designer, who revolutionized the concept of ready-to-wear and fused the spheres of fashion and art.
This major multi-site exhibition will take place in the following partner institutions: Centre Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée National Picasso-Paris and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Each site presents a different stage in Yves Saint Laurent’s career, creating a dialogue between the luxury fashion house’s designs and the museum’s permanent collection. These include, for example, one of the designer’s most famous garments, presented at the Centre Pompidou, which pays homage to the artist Piet Mondrian, thus creating a link between Yves Saint Laurent’s creative work and 20th-century art. “I believe the work of a couturier is very close to that of an artist. Indeed, I have constantly drawn a quality of inspiration from the work of contemporary painters: Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian,” the designer once said. And the Picasso-Paris rooms of the Musée National explore the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Picasso, and the influence of cubism and deconstruction on Yves Saint Laurent’s creative output.