I love the Petit Palais, with its sunlit grand gallery, grand collection, and innovative temporary expos. And I love that they’ve organized an Yves St Laurent retrospective, not far from the Dior showroom where the designer first found success in the 1950s.
The show traces 40 years of work, from YSL’s beginnings at Dior to evening wear created he created before his death. More than 300 pieces of haute couture and prêt-à-porter demonstrate how YSL revolutionized women’s wardrobes with tuxedos, trousers suits, safari suits, Mondrian-inspired patterns, and more.
Drawings, films, and photos provide historical context. The expo, sponsored by Fondation Pierre Bergé and the city of Paris, gets underway just as the ready-to-wear fall/winter collections are ending.