Thursday, 17 July 2014

All About Yves

It's arrived! I've been waiting for the release of this DVD since the film was launched in cinemas back in March.  

It's one of two Yves Saint Laurent biopics out this year celebrating the life and work of the great man, one approved by Pierre Bergé, his partner in love and work, this one, and the other, titled 'Saint Laurent', not. (Although I do have my eye on that one too!). 

Here's some fascinating facts about the late designer, put together recently by Vogue's Alexandra Brown...

The Partner: Pierre Bergé
Bergé was not only Saint Laurent's greatest love and confidant, he raised the funds and gave the designer the confidence he needed to start his namesake label after being fired from Christian Dior.

The Editor: Michel de Brunhoff
Saint Laurent showed his early drawings to the editor in chief of Paris Vogue, who promptly introduced him to Christian Dior, who hired him as a studio assistant in 1954.

The Predecessor: Christian Dior
When Christian Dior died in 1957, Saint Laurent was made creative director of the house at the age of 21, becoming the world's youngest couturier.

The Rival: Karl Lagerfeld
A rivalry between Lagerfeld and Saint Laurent began in 1954, when Saint Laurent won the International Wool Secretariat award for dress design.  Lagerfeld took out the less prestigious award for coat design.

The Muses 
Saint Laurent surrounded himself with a string of beautiful muses throughout his career, including Victorie Doutreleau, Jerry Hall, Catherine Deneuve and Loulou de la Falaise.

The Photographer: Helmut Newton
Saint Laurent's designs were captured by some of the world's greatest photographers. In 1966 Helmut Newton captured for Vogue one of the most iconic images of its time, a woman in the now iconic Le Smoking suit.

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Helmut Newton
Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking

The Designers
Mental and physical ill-health forced Saint Laurent to step back from the brand in 1998. Since then, men such as Alber Ebaz (from 1998), Tom Ford (from 2000), Stefano Pilati (from 2004) and now Hedi Slimane (from 2012), who were long inspired by the designer, took the reins of the house he founded.

I pre-ordered my copy of the 'Yves Saint Laurent' DVD from Amazon here

Read the original Vogue article here

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