Paris. Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent & Éditions de la Martinière. 2010. 4 clamshell boxes housing 1283 loose plates; 2 hardback volumes (one on the couture house [96 pages] and the other documenting the programmes from the couture shows [168 pages) contained in a 5th clamshell box; all housed in 3 pictorial thick-cardboard cartons with carrying handles. Over 14,000 designs and their fabric swatches are illustrated. 380 x 490mm (15 x 19¼"). 40kg. 9782732440798. French. Fine; original plastic wrapping remains on all of the clamshell boxes except one; one carton still in original plastic.
This remarkable catalogue raisonne presents forty years of Yves Saint Laurent's designs, including the Mondrian dress of 1965, the 'Forties' collections that caused a scandal in 1971, the 1976 'Russian' collection and the homage to Vincent Van Gogh in 1988. Each design is presented with a sketch and a image of the fabric sample with which it was made. Each production drawing includes the name of the couture atelier that produced the piece, the name of the model who wore it, and the garment's runway order, among other information. The entire wardrobe is arranged from day wear to evening wear, including the pea jacket, the safari jacket, tuxedo and the wedding dress. Over 14,000 garments are compiled in the four volumes of this extrordinary publication. Published in an edition of 500 copies it is a must for fashion designers and collectors and offers an opportunity to own a piece of Yves Saint Laurent history.
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