It was on January 29, 1962 that the young Yves Saint Laurent presented his first collection under his own name, at 30 bis rue Spontini in Paris, putting forward his unique style. At the age of 26, the designer was not exactly a beginner though, as he had already been called to fill in for Christian Dior, who had died suddenly a few years earlier. What was presented that day, however, was a collection that will never be forgotten in the world of fashion: the “Trapeze” collection still influences younger generations today. It was the kickoff point for the signature style that came to be associated with Yves Saint Laurent, which would continue to be refined and expanded over the years, influenced by different artistic worlds.

The “Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées” [Yves Saint Laurent in the Museums] anniversary exhibition, an unprecedented format in the world of fashion, sets out not only to highlight the creative power of the great French couturier through a vast overview of his most emblematic models as well as some lesser-known pieces, but also to establish a dialogue between his creations and the permanent collections of various Paris museums, thus paying tribute to his unswerving links with the art world.

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Organized by the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, the exhibition will be held simultaneously in six Paris museums from January 29 to May 15, 2022. The designer’s creative journey will be retraced at the Centre Pompidou, Paris’s Museum of Modern Art, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée National Picasso-Paris, and, of course, the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum. This museum, dedicated to the designer, will highlight some of the archives of the fashion house, most of which have never been shown before.

“Conceived as a sort of archipelago, the exhibition will offer new forms of dialogue and encourage visitors to create their own itineraries from one museum to another, leading them into less familiar or new aesthetic terrain. ‘Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées’ seeks to go beyond the traditional framework of an exhibition… by playing on multiple affinities, unsuspected connections. The exhibition offers, as a result, a new perspective on the work of Yves Saint Laurent,” a press release from the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris reads.

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“Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées” runs from January 29 to May 15, 2022, at the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée National Picasso-Paris, and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.