Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective Comes to Denver
The internationally acclaimed exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective makes its only stateside stop at the Denver Art Museum, with support from Neiman Marcus, March 25 – July 8. The retrospective, which delves into the designer’s 40 years of creativity, features 200 haute couture pieces along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate Saint Laurent’s insurmountable impact on fashion.
The fashion exhibit, that first premiered in 2010 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, explores the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through his final runway collection in 2002.
Saint Laurent (1936–2008) transformed the female wardrobe by borrowing the tuxedo, the trouser suit, shorts and the safari jacket from men’s clothing. With iconic designs like the Le Smoking, he turned traditional men’s wear into haute couture and empowered women with a new form of clothing.
“This exhibition demonstrates the impact of Saint Laurent’s work on the history of fashion and the present-day relevance of his style,” said exhibition curator Florence Müller. “His creations achieved an ingenious symbiotic relationship between setting style and recognizing popular trends that made them not only wardrobe necessities, but also reflected women’s changing role in society.”