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Yves Saint Laurent: Retrospective

Start Date 11 March 2010
End Date 29 August 2010
Venue Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais
Location Paris, France
Curator Florence Müller & Farid Chenoune
Designer agence NC, Nathalie Crinière
Exhibition display of dress

The most extensive retrospective devoted to Yves Saint Laurent presented his full career from 1958 to 2002 across more than three hundred haute couture garments and numerous archival documents.

Two years after his death, a major retrospective devoted to Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest couturiers of the second half of the twentieth century, was held in Paris. It featured over three hundred designs.

I hope this retrospective will allow as many people as possible to discover or better understand Yves Saint Laurent’s work and, in doing so, allow them to enter the world of fashion, one the greatest creations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Pierre Bergé, press kit for the exhibition, 2010.

Nearly 300,000 visitors immersed themselves in Saint Laurent’s work, a period of over forty years extending from his time at Christian Dior to his final collection in 2002.