Recently, the most important luxury publisher in fashion Assoline launched 'Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection' book dedicated to the enormous contribution of the French couturier Yves Saint Laurent to the fashion industry development. A fashion journalist and Saint Laurent expert Laurence Benaïm tells about how the great designer influenced the history of couture.
Some of the most noteworthy achievements of Yves Saint Laurent are considered to be the concept of designer ready-to-wear for a wider clientele, feminine versions of masculine styles, and some scandalous ideas such as see-through blouses and the daring Opium perfume.
In this book, the author of the project Laurence Benaïm explored the forty-year-old history of the great fashion designer through 100 of his the most striking and innovative outfits from the Mondrian dress to the female tuxedo. In the newest addition the readers will also find such classics of the fashion house as the black dress with white collar and cuffs for the film Belle de Jour; the legendary Ballets Russes collection; the tributes to Picasso, Matisse and van Gogh; the tailored pantsuits and flowing "coup de crayon" draped gowns; the lavish use of velvet, lace, feathers, leopard print and brilliant jewel tones.
The design and cover of the book are in no way inferior to its internal content. Made in Italy, this book is complemented with white gloves and a signature canvas tote bag which justifies the cost of almost 900$.
It should be recalled that last year, a Parisian Yves-Saint Laurent Museum presented "The Mondrian Revolution Exhibition" dedicated to the story of the iconic Saint Laurent dress. Follow the link to remember how it was and to listen to a short lecture on creating this amazing piece:
The Mondrian Revolution Exhibition, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, 2019