Every time I visit a fashion designer exhibition, I am not only amazed by their work and creations but also so inspired by their perseverance, their hard work and work ethic that unconsciously they communicate through their creations!
This is the feeling I had while visiting the Yves Saint Laurent foundation : After two hours queuing as it was the Avant Premiere opening during the Paris Fashion Week, I could finally enter the museum / foundation and contemplate all the master pieces of Yves Saint Laurent since the beginning of his career: Spanish, North African , Saharian, Russian, Middle Age costumes subtly reinterpretated through his own eyes; he was the one creating the smoking for women and made them shining proudly wearing it. Always attracted and inspired by exotism, he was the first one choosing black women to parade his fashion shows and spent most of his time in Marrakech (Marjorelle) making the first sketches of his collections before going back to Paris to complete the collection in his studio.
Nevertheless, it was a little bit weird to not mention during the whole presentation of Yves Saint Laurent that he was born in Oran, Algeria (1936-2008) and spent his first eighteen years over there. I also read in his biography book that it was at this time, in Oran, Algeria, while going to weddings and parties over there and seeing all women dressing elegantly that made him want to be a fashion designer and dress women. He then went to Paris to study Fashion and started an internship at Dior. Living in Algeria in his early age certainly was the main reason for him to stay attached to North Africa and made Marrakech his second home.
WHAT I’VE LEARNT
I felt more than beauty in his creations, deeper than that : I felt the subtlety of his work, the zero mistake of every garment he made : the perfect straight lines of the smoking pant or shoulders of the blazer, the perfect shape of the dress with the right amount of pearls on it. It felt also like the textile industry was creating fabrics only for YSL while it was the total opposite: He was genius enough to choose and decide fast about the right fabric for each of his design !
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