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Sheer: Yves Saint Laurent

The Diaphanous Creations of Yves Saint Laurent

Émilile Hammen, Shazia Boucher, Domitille Éble, Judith Lamas, Alice Coulon-Saillard, Sophie Henwood, Anne-Claire Laronde


Showcasing more than sixty pieces from the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Museum of Lace and Fashion collections, Sheer highlights the designer’s mastery over transparent fabrics

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Through archival drawings and photographs, and newly shot sheer silhouettes designed by Yves Saint Laurent from the collections of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris and the Museum for Lace and Fashion, Calais, Sheer: The Diaphanous Creations of Yves Saint Laurent highlights the couturier’s pioneering work in lace and other sheer fabrics, uncovering how he was able to overturn codes of unveiling the body to present a new, powerful and sensual feminine figure.

The book shows how he worked to ‘reveal’ the body of the woman wearing his clothes with both elegance and audacity: the Nude Dress of 1968, for example, made entirely of transparent chiffon, provided ‘modesty’ in the form of ostrich feathers. Original outfits, sketches, collection boards and fabric swatches give an intimate window into the designs, while photographs of models and clients such as Catherine Deneuve and Naomi Campbell bring to life the designer’s creations in a way that still shocks even now.

Sheer is an essential read for fashion fans, and a fascinating and unique look at the work of one of the great designers.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 100

Publication date: 1 February 2024

ISBN: 9780500028001

About the Author

Patricia Canino is a photographer and filmmaker based in Paris. Émilie Hammen is Professor of Fashion History & Theory at Institut Français de la Mode. Shazia Boucher is Curator and Deputy Director at Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, Calais. Domitille Éblé, Judith Lamas and
Alice Coulon-Saillard all work at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Sophie Henwood is Collections Manager at Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, Calais. Anne-Claire Laronde is Director at Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, Calais.