Kickstart: Yves Saint Laurent

I don’t particularly consider myself fashion forward. I’m most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt (that’s technically a lie, as I’m most comfy in pajamas, but I do have some standards about what one can wear out of doors). I have great plans for creating a wardrobe that is both fun and professional, but those plans don’t really have any central theme that I can tell (now, if I just had the money to make this happen). But even I had heard of Yves Saint Laurent over the years.

I had the pleasure of seeing the YSL exhibit on Saturday at the Denver Art Museum, running through July 8. Unfortunately photography was not permitted inside the exhibit, but here’s a video, via the Denver Post, on the Retrospective.

Prior to this weekend, I hadn’t realized the dramatic impact that Saint Laurent had on the fashion world, with his creations that attempted to liberate women from the confining strictures of clothing (and to an extent, the ideas of feminity) of the day as well as to bring fashion to the people via his prêt-á-porter lines. Saint Laurent also blurred the line between modern art and fashion, incorporating themes from Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian into his clothing.

I love the way Saint Laurent really looked to the world around him for inspiration, and I think that’s something we can all do. I realize many of my readers don’t live in the Denver area, but if you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, I strongly encourage you to do so.


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