Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential fashion designers of all time, is being honored in a new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.
Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style is one of the most comprehensive celebrations of the late designer’s 44-year career, featuring some never before seen pieces drawn from the Fondation Pierre Bergé.
In addition to showcasing Saint Laurent’s most notable ready to wear and couture, including his famous pop-art Piet Mondrian-inspired dress (above), the exhibit takes visitors on a complete journey of his creative life, starting with the elaborate paper doll collection and wardrobe he created as a teenager. In 1957, the then-21-year-old was named the artistic director at the House of Dior, debuting his memorable Trapeze collection, which the exhibit marks with one of the evening dresses from the show.
Visitors can also get an up close look at some of the other revolutionary fashion creations that the designer dreamed up once he opened up his own house in 1961. These include: the peacoat (1962), the tuxedo (1966), the first pantsuit (1967), and the safari jacket (1968), all staples of the modern woman’s wardrobe.
Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style is open now through Jan. 8, 2017 at the Seattle Art Museum. To see some of the other standout pieces from the exhibit, keep scrolling.
Wedding gown, Autumn–Winter 1970 haute couture collection.
Evening gown, Spring–Summer 1985 haute couture collection.
Jewelry from various haute couture collections.