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Yves Saint Laurent: Retrospective

Start Date 5 October 2011
End Date 8 January 2012
Venue MAPFRE Fondation
Location Madrid, Spain

The exhibition, the first retrospective in Spain of the work of the French designer, includes 150 models and more than 80 drawings, photographs and films that cover the career of Yves Saint Laurent during forty years of creation.

The show, produced in collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, examined the evolution of the French designer from his beginnings at Dior to the magnificence of his evening gowns. The staging of the creations selected for the exhibition was conceived as a theatrical progression from YSL’s beginnings as a designer, with the famous “Trapèze” collection (1958), to the splendor of his evening gowns.

The exhibition was divided into eleven thematic spaces. Mannequins dressed in haute-couture and prèt-à-porter designs were followed by 80 drawings that historically framed the different collections, culminating in the magnificence of the evening gowns and the apotheosis of color that concluded the exhibition. The different spaces showed the artistic and cultural inspirations of an artist who combined the desire to dress everyday people with exclusive models designed for the woman of his dreams.  In fact, with the collection Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent became the first major designer to launch a prèt-à-porter line.