A richly embroidered jacket, created by designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1988, has been purchased at Christie's auction on Wednesday.
The jacket was bought for $574,000 which is a record for the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house. The initial cost of the lot was estimated at about $120,000. The jacket’s new owner is the National Gallery of Victoria, located in Melbourne, Australia.
The jacket is manually embroidered with bright yellow sunflowers, which are additionally decorated with sequins, making the flowers seem voluminous. Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by this series of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, written between 1888 and 1889. It took more than 600 hours of work to stich a jacket by hand.
“I have always been fascinated by painting, so it was only natural that it should inspire my creations”, the designer wrote in a catalogue for a 2004 Paris exhibition.
Saint Laurent died in 2008, aged 71.