Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Catwalk
REVOLUTIONARY PATH THROUGH FASHION AS WE SEE IT TODAY
Reinventing what we know as fashion today, Yves Saint Laurent was a revolutionary pioneer of “the pantsuit,” empowering women in the 60’s and creating the era of modern women in the fashion industry. Introducing Le Smoking, the first tuxedo suit for women, in 1966, Saint Laurent also presented iconic art-inspired creations, from Mondrian dresses to precious Van Gogh embroidery and the famous Ballets Russes collection.
Journeying through 40 years and over 80 collections, the publication opens with a concise history of the house, followed by a brief biographical profile of Yves Saint Laurent. It then explores chronologically the collections themselves from 1962 to 2002, revealing influences and highlights of each one of them, illustrated with a gallery of carefully curated catwalk images.
Spectacular clothes, accessories, silhouettes, and beauty looks embellish this publication, including the top fashion models who wore them on the runway back then.
“YSL followed the liberation of women,” Pierre Bergé said in 2008 right after Saint Laurent passed away. Avant-garde in his way of thinking, Saint Laurent marked a before and after, always looking to culture on the streets, taking inspiration from all over the world, and breaking boundaries through fashion; From YSL’s camouflage motifs collection at the height of the Vietnam War, in 1971, to the pioneering decision to employ black models on his runways and empower women through his collections, YSL will remain a fashion icon who set the stage for today’s runways.