25 years after his first portrait of Yves Saint Laurent, Irving Penn shot this masterpiece in black and white. Hidden behind his hand, lit by a master of lighting, he reveals a great deal of his personality.
Alice Springs, formerly called June Browne, married Helmut Newton in 1948. She began her career as a photographer in the 1970s.
The opening of the retrospective exhibit Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Organized by Diana Vreeland, former fashion editor at Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, the exhibit was the first of its kind devoted to a living artist. It attracted over one million visitors.
Why Yves Saint Laurent ? Because he's a genius and he knows everything about women.
- Diana Vreeland
This exhibit shows that a couturier can also be, must be, a geometer, a vehement individual whose capacity for love has not dried up, an illusionist, a child, an astronomer, a simple person and a genius, a Sunday or night author, a copier, a tamer, a smooth operator, a seer. And that women do not feel like being one-dimensional, but want to saints and harridans, lionesses and huntresses, virgins and courtesans, men, paupers and countesses, clowns and spies.
- Hervé Guibert in Le Monde, 8 December 1983
This exhibit represents a very important moment in my career. Afterwards, I'll return to my small atelier with Mounia and a few meters of chiffon to start work on my next collection.
- Yves Saint Laurent
The Metropolitan Museum's exhibit goes on tour and the first stop is Beijing's Palace of Fine Arts. 600,000 visitors flock to the show, standing in line for hours. China is opening up to Western culture. Diana Vreeland's assistants set up the exhibit with the help of students from Beijing University. The head of the Chinese Writers' Association tells a journalist that the clothes are 'too sexy' for Chinese women, while another official wonders how the clothes should be worn.
The Yves Saint Laurent exhibit moves on to Moscow's Painters' and Writers' House (1986, 260,000 visitors, Leningrad's Hermitage Museum (1987, 240,000 visitors) and Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales (1987, 100,000 visitors).
A happy woman is a woman with a black turtleneck. A black skirt. A big fake piece of jewelry. And a man at her side.
- Yves Saint Laurent in Moscow
132,000 people visit the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Musée des Arts de la Mode (museum of fashion arts) in Paris.
A fashion show at the “Fête de l'Humanité” organized by the French Communist Party. It is the period of Gorbachev's Glasnost. 130 models walked past a throng of spectators made up of the party faithful and Paris' glitterati.
Under the patronage of President François Mitterrand, Yves Saint Laurent presents an exhibit of historical Russian garments from 1700-1914 at the Jacquemart-André museum. The exhibit, of which Yves Saint Laurent is the artistic director, gives Parisians their first glimpse at 200 outfits from the Hermitage Museum's superb costume collection, including Peter the Great's wardrobe and several of Catherine II's dresses.
The event is associated with “The Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue”, organized by UNESCO, and is supported by the YSL company and Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent personally.
In a form of cultural exchange following the exhibit of Russian historical garments organized by Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, Leningrad hosts an exhibit of Saint Laurent's theatrical costumes and sketches.
The Yves Saint Laurent 1958-1990 restrospective, which includes theater sketches, opens at Tokyo's Sezon Museum of Art.
Very early in my life I went to Japan and I was immediately fascinated by this ancient and modern country. I have been influenced by it on many occasions since. Others before me showed the same admration: Monet, Van Gogh and all the art deco artists who were so important in our era.
- Yves Saint Laurent's message in the retrospective's catalog
Originally a restorer of paintings - hence his pictorial style - Michel Comte went on to take fashion and celebrity photographs, including this stunning portrait of Yves Saint Laurent.