Not many people go to school next to a French Chateau Museum (literally over the wall) and we are so lucky to have this on our door step ! I have made many trips to the Bowes as i attended Barnard castle School next door, but i can say i have never been more excited to attend due to having this amazing exhibition right on my door step in the north east. It is simply stunning, and you don’t want to miss it, from sketches to fabric selections, to couture garments and HATS ! it really is one if the most impressive fashion installations i’ve ever seen.
The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent have collaborated to create Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. The YSL show highlights the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.
“Fashion fades, style is eternal” Yves Saint Laurent once said. Articulating this idea, the exhibition presents fifty garments including some iconic pieces from the Russian Collection, the Mondrian dresses and the Tuxedo. After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as Artistic Director, Yves Saint Laurent created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé, with its first catwalk show in 1962. For 40 years, Pierre Bergé managed the business while Yves Saint Laurent focused entirely on the creative side.
Passionate about the arts, and a collector himself, Yves Saint Laurent paid homage, as early as 1965, to various artists in his haute couture collections, with the famous Mondrian dresses, as well as his homage to Diaghilev and Picasso in 1979 and tributes to Matisse, Cocteau, Braque and Van Gogh in the 1980s, some of which are displayed at The Bowes Museum.
Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal highlights the diverse influences of Yves Saint Laurent. The show explores a number of themes, from art, lace and transparency, and Masculine – Feminine as well as featuring the different eras and styles of his creative career.