"All my dresses originate with a gesture. A dress that does not reflect or does not make one think of a gesture is not right. Once the gesture in question has been found, then one can choose the colour, the final shape, the fabrics, but not before". - YSL
Cocktail dress, 1964. Made to order for Grace Kelly.
"Belle de Jour" dress. Worn by Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 film.
"A woman is only attractive in pants if she wears them with all her femininity. Not like a George Sand. Pants are coquettish, an additional charm, not a sign of equality or enfranchisement. Liberty and equality are not achieved by wearing breeches- they are a state of mind". - YSL
Tuxedo (without jacket), 1999.
Evening ensemble, 1973. Made to order for Lauren Bacall, Betty Catroux, Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Giroud. Tuxedo, 1991.
"On each street corner in Marrakech, you encounter groups that are impressive in their intensity, their relief. Men and women, where pink, blue, green, and violet caftans mingle. These groups look as if they have been drawn and painted, that are reminiscent of sketches by Delacroix, and it is suprising to say that they are, in fact, merely an improvisation on life." - YSL
Evening ensemble, 1988. Made to order for Nan Kempner.
Evening ensembles, 1989.
Evening ensemble, 1991. In tribute to Leon Bakst.
"I am very alone. I exercise my imagination on the lands that I do not know. I hate traveling. For example, if I read a book about India, with photographs, or about Egypt, where I have never been, my imagination runs wild. That is how I take my most wonderful trips." - YSL
"Bambara" dress, 1967.Cocktail ensemble, 1977. Toreador costume, 1979.
Evening gown, 1979. This reminds me of the showstopping pink and black dress Anjelica Huston wore in Prizzi's Honour.
Day ensemble, 2000.
Ensembles from the Russian collection, 1976.
Evening gowns, 1986 and 1991.
"Red is the basis for makeup, it is the lips, the nails. Red is a noble colour, a colour of precious stones - the ruby - and it is a dangerous colour; sometimes you have to play with danger. Red is religious, and it is blood, and it is royal, it is phedra, and a multitude of heroines. Red light and red combat, red is combat between life and death." - YSL
Evening gown, 1987. Geometric patterned dresses, 1969 and 1979.
Mondrian cocktail dresses, 1965 and 1966.
Animal themed evening ensembles, 1964 and 1990.
Laetitia's bridal "gown", 1999.
Storage vaults I'd like to get lost in for a while...
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