Yesterday morning, mother and I ventured north once again to the wonderful surroundings of the Bowes Museum, host of the YSL Style is Eternal exhibition.
Yet again the Bowes didn’t disappoint with the collection housed in three exhibition halls.
The introduction to Yves Saint Laurent is a short film of his catwalk displays.
YSL was billed as being the inventor of the modern woman’s wardrobe and this exhibition certainly proved to be the case. Drawing heavily on masculine trends of tailoring, at a time when women were still bound by the aesthetics of corsetry, he created a confident and powerful woman.
The exhibition includes extensive sketches and samples of work. YSL has one of the most complete archives of the designers work and much of this was on display. It was wonderful to see his sketches to the atelier with a few notes and a piece of cloth, and then to see their interpretation of his design.
YSL was influenced by both theatre and other artists and regularly paid homage to both.
This YSL exhibition is the first in the UK and truly shows his influence on fashion and his homage to the art world, as well his is immense talent. Well worth a visit during over the long, and what is at present proving to be wet, school holidays!