The world of Yves Saint-Laurent at the Petit Palais

-I’ve always had the highest of respect for this profession, which isn’t an art form per se, but which needs an artist in order for it to exist- – Yves Saint-Laurent.

The Fondation Pierre Berge’-Yves Saint Laurent and the Petit Palais (City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts) are showcasing the first Yves Saint-Laurent retrospective exhibition since the fashion designer passed away. A total of 307 haute couture and prêt-à-porter models are on show, ranging from the designer’s beginnings at Dior in 1958, with the famous -Trape’ze- collection, to the splendour of the evening dresses from 2002.

He revolutionised women’s wardrobes

Numerous photographs and films shed light on the historical background, the development of the Yves Saint-Laurent style and the aspects underpinning his creations.

In 40 years of creating, Yves Saint-Laurent revolutionised women’s wardrobes, by drawing on aspects of the male evening suit, trouser suit and safari suit to dress women, thereby passing attributes of power from one gender to the other.

The designer took inspiration from the streets (1971 scandale collection), his dreamlike journeys (Russia, China, India, Spain, Japan, Africa and Morocco) and interaction with art (Modrian, Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh).

Yves Saint Laurent, 1969. Photographie de Jeanloup Sieff
© The Estate of Jeanloup Sieff

Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill – 75008 Paris
Metro station : Champs-Elyse’es-Cle’menceau or Concorde
RER C, Invalides ; RER A, Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
Bus lines : 42/72/73/80/93
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm – Late-night opening: Thursday until 8pm.
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Admission: Full price: -11, Reduced price: -8, Half price: -5.50, Audio guide: -5