MAPLE LEOPARD: Yves St. Laurent Exhibit in Seattle: The Perfection of Style

Friday, December 30, 2016

Yves St. Laurent Exhibit in Seattle: The Perfection of Style



Happy New Year! Recently I visited the Seattle Art Museum to view the stunning exhibit featuring the designs of YVES ST.LAURENT. Talk about having to pick your jaw up off the floor!?!  Wow, I was in awe of every outfit and had to pry myself away each time,  to carry on with the rest of the display.

Evening Gown:Autumn- Winter 1983 Haute couture collection: Paris pink silk satin draped bodice with large bow and black silk velvet skirt










Wedding Gown(forefront) Autumn-Winter 1970 haute couture collection. Multi colored silk velvet coat with applique letters forming the words LOVE ME FOREVER(front) or OR NEVER (back) and heart, stars, and cloud in multi-colored silk satin.

Short Evening Ensemble(left): Homage to Georges Braque. Spring-Summer 1988 haute couture collection. Ivory wool etamine Romanian-style blouse embroidered with sequins, silk thread, beads etc. Flared skirt of of sapphire -colored silk velvet.




Wedding Gown: Autumn-winter 1995 haute couture collection. White floral-print silk dmask panniered gown with long-sleeved bodice buttoned in back.






Evening Gown: Homage to Tom Wesselmann. Autumm-Winter 1966 haute couture collection .  Purple wool jersey dress with pink wool jersey incrustations(piecing).

Daytime Dress:(far right) Autumn-Winter 1967 Saint Laurent rive gauche
collection. Yellow cotton pique dress with sleeves and hem trimmed with red guipure
(a kind of lace).




Short evening ensemble: African Art- Spring/Summer  1967 haute couture collection. Fringed raffia coat, neckline embroidered with brown wooden beads. Ivory silk dress embroidered with wooden beads.




The walls covered with swatches and sketches were endless- gasp!





Photography: Valerie Hansen


The Perfection of Style opened on October 11th and closes on January 8, so if you love fashion- do whatever  it takes to get there! This show features over 100 haute couture garments and accessories, photographs, drawings, and films- spanning the 44 year career( 1936-2008) of this genius designer. The paper dolls St. Laurent created as a teen are also on display, and are shown here for the 1st time in the U.S.

Included are his first days at  Christian Dior in 1955, his radical designs of the 60's and 70's, and the grandeur of the final two decades of his career. Collections are featured from the "Fondation Pierre Berge."-- Both haute couture and SAINT LAURENT rive gauche, the ready-to-wear line that mesmerized the globe after it was introduced in 1966.

It was so intriguing and interesting to have this rare behind the scenes look into the creative and private life of the designer.  Photographs, drawings, fabric swatches , and collection boards with sketches review all the years of  his creative work and fascinating history.

The most amazing part was seeing  how the working process of his designs are shown from beginning to end: from the first sketch and fabric selection,  to the phase of making and fitting before the final design is realized.

The exhibition ends with a parade of magnificent evening gowns organized by color.  This was the most spectacular display of designer style  I've ever seen! 

I fell in love with so many of St. Laurent's designs! My favorite of all - the long black evening gown with the pink satin bow, in the back.

Which one is your favorite ?

I trust your Christmas celebrations were memorable and all the best wishes for a successful and healthy New Year. Thanks for stopping by my blog . I hope you find inspiration and a great story each time you visit!

                                                 xo   VALERIE

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* The exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Berge- Yves St. Laurent, Paris.



34 comments:

  1. That color blocking collection is fun. It's neat to see vintage fashions. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I loved the color blocking too, vintage fashions are to die for, thanks for stopping LaVonne!

      Valerie

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  2. This looks amazing!!! May need to head to Seattle soon ;)

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    1. It was the best.I hope you get to Seattle, the exhibit unfortunately is leaving soon!

      Valerie

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  3. Aw snap... my bucket list is already too long! Yves Saint Laurent is one of my favorite designers and those gowns are breathtaking!

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    1. Ha I hear ya on that Sara! He is mine too, and all the gowns were so breath taking! Thanks for coming by!

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  4. Looks like such a lovely exhibit!!! I'd love to visit!
    Neelofar
    Www.theloveliestlily.com

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    1. IT was so great, I sure wish you could see it..it was the chance of a lifetime!

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  5. wow, what a jaw dropping exhibit, so much inspiration!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

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    1. Thanks Mary, I didn't even get half of the dresses on pics..there were sooo many ! It all took my breath away!

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  6. What an amazing exhibit! I could stay in there all day looking at those gorgeous pieces.

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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    1. I K R?! I only stayed a little over an hour, wish I had taken my time longer! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. fabulous thanks for sharing from your friends at http://www.santafefashionweek.com

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  8. That pink bow! I just can't, I'm in love!!! Ugh as if YSL didn't get me every time as it is haha! Gorgeous!

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    1. I know Adriana, it had me at hello...ha! Absolutely stunning display, I hope you are well, miss ya!

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  9. Amazing!! I would lovedddd to go to this! I love them all :-)

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    1. Awe Liz I wish you could see it, it was here such a short time, I feel so blessed that I got to see it!

      Valerie

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  10. I would LOVE to see this exhibit! He was Truly a master!
    xo
    Jen
    effortlesseverydaystyle.com

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    1. I wish you could Jen, everyone who loves fashion should see it! He was a genius with fabric for sure!

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  11. Absolutely FABULOUS! My favorite was the ivory jumpsuit and dresses with gold and black accents.

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    1. Thank you ! They are all so gorgeous , so hard to choose, but that pink bow had me!

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  12. Goodness! What great photos! I am originally from Seattle, but I don't think I ever went to the Seattle Art Museum. I can't believe that! You inspired me to check it out!

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    1. Thank you so much ! This exhibit is temp unfortunately ... but the art museum has lots of great exhibits ! Thx for stopping!

      Val

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  13. I've heard so many great things about this exhibit but never had a chance to check it out. Love all the fun bows!

    Polly
    http://gemsandjoy.com

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    1. Awe bummer Poly well it's here til the 11th I believe so still time.. hope you can go '

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  14. I need to set a date with my husband to go downtown & check this exhibit out--thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I hope you do, Kate... one more day left!

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  16. I checked this exhibit out as well. It was amazing seeing some iconic fashion pieces from his collections! Great post!

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  17. How stunning are these fashion statement makers! Love every piece on display, I should probably plan a visit soon before its gone. And yes, here's to a wonderful 2017 to you and can't wait to see you soon, beautiful! :)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Thank you Kussum,I hope you went today, last day! Yes hope to see you soon! xo

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  18. This post is so Beautiful. I am a huge fan of Yves Saint Laurent. Thank you for sharing his pieces. I would have loved to have seen it in person.

    astylishlovestory.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Joanna, yes I wish you could see it in person, its so amazing! Thanks for commenting!

      Valerie

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