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Yves Saint Laurent and Art

Mouna Mekour, Stephan Janson, Madison Cox


An unforgettable journey through art history with Yves Saint Laurent as a guide

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From the ancient world to pop art, Yves Saint Laurent regularly took inspiration from art history as he combined colours, carved out new forms and rethought the structure of garments in order to create his own masterpieces.

Juxtaposing his creations with art works from the collections of five major Paris institutions – the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and the Musée National Picasso – this book explores the couturier’s homages to the masters of art and his never-ending quest for new means of aesthetic expression. Androgynous silhouettes and Proustian gowns stand alongside the elegance of Impressionism; a feathered coat responds to Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings; flowing silhouettes merge with a mural by Raoul Dufy; Lucio Fontana’s neon lights make metallic fabrics sparkle; and bold appliqué motifs echo The Dance by Henri Matisse. This is an unforgettable journey through art history with Yves Saint Laurent as a guide.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 28.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 9 June 2022

ISBN: 9780500025444

About the Author

Mouna Mekouar is an art critic and independent curator based in Paris, France. She was
associate curator of Simple Shapes at Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014), and was curator
at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 2012 to 2014. Stefan Janson is a fashion designer and co-curator of Yves Saint Laurent at the Museums. Madison Cox is director of the Saint Laurent Museums in Paris and in Marrakech, and president of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.