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Yves Saint Laurent channels worldwide traditions in the heart of Paris
Posted on 12/11/2018 4 shares

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One of the most unanimously accredited and cherished fashion houses across the globe, Yves Saint Laurent has fuelled die-hard fans by tastefully exhibiting the brand's work in a museum all their own.

Patrimony

Patrimony
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The body of work of this home-grown French couture house, created in 1974, has found a new purpose. It's no longer just adorning the shoulders of the haute bourgeoisie, but it's now open to the public. Having opened in October 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent musueum in Paris focuses on both the couturier's creative genius and the process of designing a high fashion collection. Beyond its monographic ambitions, the museum seeks to address the history of the 20th century and the haute couture traditions that were ever present in years gone by.

A new wave of fashion

A new wave of fashion
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Displaying a unique collection of avant-garde trends with Chinese and Indian aesthetics, this is a far cry from the structured, monochrome and sleek image the brand usually evokes. The eclectic display of these new items alongside traditional French styles marked by Yves Saint Laurent makes this museum all the more endearing.

Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient

Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient
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The first thematic display of wares since the museums opening, this original exhibition of styles influenced by India, China and Japan is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it evokes a more symbolic meaning. With traditional dress typically barred from appearing in haute couture, Yves Saint Laurent's incorporation of traditional dress into high fashion not only displays the beauty of these different cultures' traditional dress, but it also asserts their prominence in society despite their historic exclusion from the world of fashion design.

Costumes of India

Costumes of India
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Even though Yves Saint Laurent never travelled to India himself, it is clear that the richness and diversity of his textile traditions, intricate detailing and use of fiery colours have been adopted from India. Under this influence, Saint Laurent designed a some different looks inspired by the incredible tailoring, craftsmanship and use of colour found in Indian traditional dress.

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