I have always been a connoisseur of Yves Saint Laurent and when I heard Hedi Slimane was taking over as creative director I gagged (in a good way). Not only was he responsible for the return of Dior Homme, but his vision is extraordinary. Slimane had taken a dwindling brand and created a modern minimalist edge brand. As many of you may not know Yves Saint Laurent, the original designer, was at his highest peak in the 70’s rivaling designer Halston. While on the topic of the two designers the Fashion Institute of Technology has an exhibit of Halston and Saint Laurent. This exhibit celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history. There was also an independent film (Saint Laurent) released late last year at the Cannes film festival which documented and chronicled the designer’s life. If you would like more insight and information; the LIM College Adrian G. Marcuse Library has an wide variety of books detailing from the designers personal life to his collections, one of my personal favorites is Debut: Yves Saint Laurent, 1962.
Posted on April 13, 2015 I Blog post by Leila B. (student worker of the LIM College Library)