Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of Asia
#PARIS Until 27 January 2019, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum is presenting, for this first temporary thematic exhibition, about fifty haute couture models inspired by India, China and Japan. The models interact with Asian art objects on loan from the Musée Guimet (Musée national des arts asiatiques) or from private collectors, and thus offer a new perspective on the couturier’s work.
“I have approached every country with a dream. “said Yves Saint Laurent. These imaginary or immobile journeys have allowed him to dive into the heart of local customs and folklore to draw its essence, to bring out a dream vision, a sublimated representation of clothing traditions.
Throughout his career, Yves Saint Laurent has observed traditional Indian, Chinese and Japanese costumes and transcribed them into his haute couture creations. From his first collections, he reinterpreted the sumptuous royal Indian coats. The autumn-winter 1977 collection was inspired by Imperial China and gave it a theatrical and transformed image of the country. It is also that same year that the designer will highlight these Asian influences in a new fragrance: the sulphurous “Opium” arouses a wave of scandal right from its launch, which will ensure its worldwide success. Fascinated by Japan, he later revisited the kimono. “Yves Saint Laurent’s Dreamy Asia” is a unique opportunity to penetrate into the heart of his literal and imaginary vision of Asia.
Yves Saint Laurent’s dream Asia
02. to 27.01.2019
5 Avenue Marceau
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm (last entrance at 5.15pm).
Nocturne on Friday until 9pm (last entrance at 8:15pm).
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