Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective holds an international applauded exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, with the support from Neiman Marcus, March 25 – July 8, 2012. This wide retrospective, of 40 years of creativity inventiveness features a gorgeous selection of 200 haute couture pieces along with many photographs, drawings, and films that demonstrate the development of YSL’s style and impact on fashion.
The outfits were chosen from an archive of 5,000 complete outfits preserved by the Foundation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, the strength behind the exhibit, and occupy 13,000 square feet on the second floor of Denver Art Museum, itself an architectural landmark.
the exhibition generates a great environment for visitors to see the actual development of YSL’s style and the historical foundations of his work. Structured thematically, the complex arrangement melds design and art to explore the full outcomes of his career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the magnificence of his final runway collection in 2002.
Yves Saint Laurent, Tuxedo with short skirt, haute couture collection, Spring-Summer 1982.
During his 40 years of designing, YSL altered the ladies wardrobe by borrowing the tuxedo, the rouser suit, shorts and safari jackets from men’s clothing, transmitting these symbols of power from on gender to the other and turning traditional men’s clothing into haute couture authorized females with a new form of clothing.
“This exhibition demonstrates the impact of Saint Laurent’s work on the history of fashion and the present-day relevance of his style,” said Chief Curator of YSL Florence Müller. “His creations achieved an ingenious symbiotic relationship between setting style and recognizing popular trends that made them not only wardrobe necessities, but also reflected women’s changing role in society.”