Founded by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1961, shortly after the young couturier left his post at the helm of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent would soon become one of the most successful and influential haute couture houses in Paris. Introducing Le Smoking, the first tuxedo suit for women, in 1966, Saint Laurent also presented iconic art-inspired creations, from Mondrian dresses to precious Van Gogh embroidery and the famous Ballets Russes collection.
This definitive publication opens with a concise history of the house, followed by a brief biographical profile of Yves Saint Laurent, before exploring the collections themselves, organized chronologically. Each collection is introduced by a short text unveiling its influences and highlights, and illustrated with a gallery of carefully curated catwalk images. These showcase hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks and set designs - and, of course, the top fashion models who wore them on the runway. A rich reference section concludes the book.
Suzy Menkes is the international editor of Vogue. Olivier Flaviano is the Director of Collections at The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris The Musee is home to the collection of the Fondation Pierre Berge - Yves Saint Laurent, which holds over 34,000 objects.
Preface by Andrew Bolton * Introduction by Suzy Menkes * Yves Saint Laurent: A Short Biography by Suzy Menkes * The Making of a Collection by Olivier Flaviano The Collections 1962-2002