Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal

Yves Saint Laurent: Cocktail dress, Fall/Winter 1966, inspired by Pop Art

Exhibition, The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, Co Durham, UK, 11 July – 25 October
Highlighted are the defining elements of Yves Saint Laurent’s vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear. After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as Artistic Director, the designer created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé. For 40 years, Yves Saint Laurent focused entirely on the creative side, defining a new style and composing the quintessential elements of the modern woman’s wardrobe: the pea jacket and trench-coat in 1962; the first tuxedo in 1966; the safari jacket and the first trouser suit in 1967; the jumpsuit in 1968. A selection of these iconic garments are on show – some 5,000 pieces and over 15,000 accessories, drawings, paper patterns, and objects.