Sports, scenery, and the elevation: three things people from all over the world flock to visit the Mile High city of Denver, CO for. Fashion is not usually one of them.... until now!
Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective is now on view at the Denver Art Museum, putting this homestate treasure on the map, being the ONLY museum in the US to house the over 200 couture garments on display.
From the iconic masculine looks from the early 60's to his extensive LBS (Little Black Suit!) collection, the exhibit is curated by theme. He was inspired by his world travels (Morocco, Spain, China), artists (Van Gogh, Mondrian, Warhol), and women themselves (Nan Kempner, Diana Vreeland, Catherine Deneuve).
Spanning from the years spent at Dior to his very last couture runway show in 2002, it's hard not to be in total awe of this man who revolutionized the industry. After 44 years of pushing boundaries, starting movements, and making women a canvas on which to paint with fabric and thread, Laurent puts it best, "Fashion fades, style is eternal."
From a jewelry perspective, these three looks have me totally inspired!
Evening Ensemble Fall/Winter 1984
Cameo, drop earrings, opulent embellishments.
Cocktail Dress in Tribute to Piet Mondrian Fall/Winter 1965
Graphic, color-blocking, stud earrings.
Evening Gown Fall/Winter 1969
Galvanized copper, mixed materials, greek influence.
On view from March 25, 2012 – July 8, 2012, it's worth the trip to experience the outstanding work of one of fashion's greats.
Photos via Denver Art Museum, and Yves Saint Laurent Style by Abrams