The passion of an icon
Yves Saint Laurent always said “Fashion was not made to dress up a woman, but to also give them confidence and reassure them and allow them to be themselves.” Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent or YSL, was born in 1936. As one of the most influential designers of the 20th century who was able to adapt to the changing fashion culture of the year, Saint Laurent not only influenced his community, but the entire world. His ability to change the perspective of fashion in order to give women the confidence they need has allowed him to become one of the greatest exponents of fashion today, he has his own museum in Paris as well as exhibitions in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Musée D’Orsay, Musée National Picasso-Paris and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. While his work is very much appreciated by all, he was also a man who was able to appreciate great things when he saw them. His temporary exhibition at the Museum is a perfect example of his love of rare paintings and sculptures, as well as some of his own work.
The work at the Museum of Modern Art shows Yves Saint Laurent’s ability to work with different colors and lightings. His collection pays hommage to big artists such as Matisse, Jacquet and Bonnard. His Spring-Summer 2001 “blouse et jupes d’organza satiné” was inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s 1937 “le jardin” painting. His ability to transform two dimensional art into three dimensions is what separates him from other designers. It is for the reason he has paved the way for many designers today. Yves Saint Laurent’s collection in the Museum of Modern Art allows spectators to not only appreciate his designs, but also the paintings that inspired those designs by having them side by side.
To keep it short and sweet, one cannot be in Paris and not experience the extravagant exhibition in the museum of modern art. Though the exhibition is only temporary, the work of Yves Saint Laurent is embedded in the lives of many French people, as well as foreigners. This exhibition gives its viewers a glimpse of some of Yves Saint Laurent's work, but also provides a show that is forever memorable.
Yves Saint Laurent's collection showcases business-chic to very elegant-classy looks for women. In fact, some of his works pays hommage to artists such as Pablo Picasso as well. To Saint Laurent “fashion fades, but style is eternal.” He was always aware of the art of his time and how he could use it to further inspire his work. He emphasized the importance of having “aesthetic ghosts” and for him these ghosts were Mondrian, Picasso, Matisse, “above all, Proust.[He is] entirely eclectic.” Through all his pieces, his work showcases the never ending style.
Overall, Yves Saint Laurent's exhibit gives viewers a chance to experience a piece of French fashion and culture in the most artistic way possible.
This temporary exhibition is one you cannot miss!
Exhibition Yves-Saint-Laurent at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
From January 19 to May 15, 2022
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