Christina “Lanie” Binstock Contemporary Art Exhibition

Christina “Lanie” Binstock

Contemporary Art Exhibition


Yves Saint Laurent’s Designs

Yves Saint Laurent was a French designer born in French Algeria in 1936. Yves Saint Laurent first worked as an assistant for the house of Dior in 1955. After working with Dior for two years, Laurent decided that it was time to begin his own design house, putting out his first Couture collection in 1962. Now he is considered to be one of the most influential designers of the century. Seeing his designs I realized how fashion could be considered a contemporary art, which I had not considered as a contemporary art.

First of all I thought that the museum did a great job in putting you into the world that Yves Saint Laurent would have created in real life. When you enter the museum you walk up the stairs and there is a video of Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion shows. This video shows how the work should be seen and the fashion world Laurent created.  The first room you enter is his work that he did with Dior. These works gave him a great place and platform for when he went on to create his own line and company. The most famous work would be the leather jacket made for a female, which is still seen as a great icon of fashion today. He said he was inspired to create this jacket from some rebels that he saw in Paris. This jacket was immediately critiqued by the fashion world because no on was making designs so bold for women during this time.

In the next room it explains the workspace Laurent would have working in and his inspirations, who were Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel.  The museum explains that he would never use a wooded manikin to create his work because he wanted to create works that where made for the female body which was his ultimate muse. He was said to have said, “The most important part of the dress was the woman wearing it.” this quote made me fall in love with his designs even more knowing that they where not made only for a very thin woman but for how the woman was shaped.  

The next room was his work from the 1960’s where he displayed the tuxedos and suits for women. This wardrobe was seen as a push for women place in the business world. The tuxedos and suits where based off the men’s but still held the ideas of the female body creating something professional looking but not taking away from the famine appearance. The sleek lines of the suits where made to make the woman wearing it fit in with the business style of her male co worker so that they would see her as and equal and take her more seriously than she would be seen as wearing a typical flowing skirt.

The scandalous collection or what had been seen as his most scandalous designs for women apparel. It was seen as this because of the extreme high heel and see-through fabrics he used. “A nude female body, which I have to dress without infringing on the freedom of its natural movements. In other words, my craft lies in the tender dialogue between this naked woman and all the charms and windings of my fabrics.” Said Laurent. Truly this was shocking to the public at this time when the designs came out it was rejected because it was seen as too sexual. He says it was to free that female body from the every day fabric and clothing design.

His work influenced the way we look at fashion and he had a great passion for the female form and created amazing pieces of art to adorn it. I completely agree with him that the dress doesn’t make the woman but the woman makes the dress. I truly enjoyed walking through and seeing all his designs and hope to go back and see them again.



One Response

  1. I unfortunately was unable to attend this exhibit but it is one I have wanted to check out. I liked the way your explained each room, giving the reader a good feel and layout of the exhibit. Fashion is always fun and interesting to see as a contemporary art, something that is completely different from what is often seen in museums. YSL has made an incredible impact on the fashion world, I agree with museum to create an exhibit in his memory. I like the tidbits of information you included about his outlook on women and their body and fashion. It is pretty cool how he never used a wooded mannequin I must say! Also…make sure you double check for spelling! I saw a couple mistakes.

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