Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent

YSL has always been my favourite designer and I had to se the retrospective exibition at Petit Palais that will close at august 29.
You are not allowed to take pictures in there and there´s no way you can sneake to do so.
There´s 307 models and some videoclips that are playing both from fashionshows and from films with Catherine Deneuve that he made clothes for. The clothes are displayed in themes that could be from the same collection or famous people, or other themes. One entire wall is covered with black manequins on a black background and showing all ( about 40) variations on the smoking for women. It´s in the same room with the theme "the last ball" that are showing spectacular eveningfashion in all kinds of colors. There are also a room with his swatches. He swatched fabrics and nailed them to papers and kept them in boxes by color for inspiration and boy did this guy know how to swatch!
There are also 14 different pictures of him from that famous nude shot displayed.
All signs are in french, english and one more language that I don´t recall.
When visiting the show I can see influenses of what I sewed as a teenager but not so spectacular. I would love to see it again! and if you are in Paris you should go and see it and it´s actually worth a trip...

Some advise if you are going. A lot of people want to see this and the lines are long!

I was there on saturday and there was an estimated waiting time for 2 hours. I took a chance and went back on sunday 30 minutes before opening and I was number 8 in line for people without tickets. A lot of people was reading my minds and there where long lines when they opened and the people with tickets was sent in first about 70 of them before my line had a chance so I came in 10 minutes after 10 so my advise is to buy tickets in advance and be there early!
The photo is of the line when I came out and some of these people will have to wait for three hours.


Sigrid said...

Lovely that you had the chance to visit. Pity pictures were not allowed (but didn't expect otherwise).

Annika deGroot said...

I still have a couple of photos from the Vionnet exhibition I shot while I was pretending to talk on the phone - I still don't know if we were allowed to take pictures in there or not. The YSL exhibition must have been fantastic...ohhh, I am so jealous!

karin said...

Hmm, I can never fool anyone with my phone that way. I went to that museum too they had an exibition of contemporary designers, including YSL actually...and no photos where allowed!