I have returned from Denver and the driving force behind the trip was to view the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospect exhibit. It definitely met my expectations. I started my trip appropriately wearing my Black Satin YSL Loafers and dining my last meal in my Hot Pink Satin Fleur Slingbacks!
The exhibit had over 200 collections on display spanning Yves Saint Laurent’s entire career. Ladies you can thank him for introducing pants in our wardrobes. In the 1960s the accepted form of attire for women was dresses and skirts and it was YSL who changed “our uniform”
I felt like I was in Disneyland on It’s a small world ride, as the rooms I entered presented me with a visual fashion fantasy each going thru an era of iconic fashion.
The exhibit started with Yves first collection in 1958 called the Trapeze, which was the “Bubble” dress. The bubble dress was so well received it launched him into fame and success. Other YSL significant collections included the slightly masculine Tuxedo Jacket also known as Le Smoking Jacket which fitted and molded perfectly to a woman’s body.
Next on display: The exotic era which comprised of inspirations from Russia, Japan, Morocco, Egypt, Spain, and Africa.I viewed gorgeous vibrant See Thru Blouses with a hint of fantasy, The Peasant Look with big bold jewelry,
The finale of the exhibit blew me away! It was the largest room set as a ballroom from the Paris Opera House. As I walked in I saw at least 50 mannequins on the wall reaching to the ceiling in50 variations of the black tuxedo suit. The wall was black, the mannequins were black, and the suits of course were black. With the exception of little splashes of a white bow, a peak of a white blouse or white lapel detailing. It was magnificent.
On the other side of the room were 50 mannequins in lavish ball gowns complimenting the tuxedos. The gowns displayed rich vibrant colors, satins, lace, silks, all so beautiful; I envied the women who had the opportunity to wear them. This room summed up and defined YSL’s thoughts about women and how they presented their image. A woman has the choice to be powerful either in a sexy; intriguing mans suit, or an elegant feminine ball gown expressing femininity, and beauty. I think all women of today can identify with both roles and it was YSL an innovator of fashion, that broke the mold and gave women freedom of expression with our choice of dress. Thank you.
On a side note I got lucky when I was shopping at Buffalo Exchange a fabulous resale store here in Tucson. I snatched up a Rive Gauche YSL circa 80’s Black Bolero Jacket for $16.50 which I wore to the exhibit.