Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

The YSL Exhibit at VMFA is a must-see for fashion lovers!

Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at VMFA

If you live near Richmond, Virginia, I highly recommend finding time to go to VMFA to see the Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit before it closes on August 27, 2017. I know that is soon, but if you are a fashion lover it’s definitely worth the trip.

I know for many of you, getting to Richmond in the next week is impossible, so if you can’t make it, I’ll take you on a little tour of it that doesn’t even begin to do it justice but will give you an idea of what the experience was like. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) was the only East Coast venue to exhibit the show.

The sheer amount of garments in the exhibit was impressive — 102. The design and flow of the show was spot on. Usually I can find something that bugs me about a show, but this one was near perfect. The only little thing was that I wish there was MORE information. I would have loved to have taken a 2-hour tour with an expert and just have them explain it all to me in great detail.

The lighting was also pretty dramatic, which works sometimes, but for some garments it makes certain details harder to see and harder to capture in photos (although that isn’t the point). So in these photos, just know that they don’t do these beautiful garments justice!

I always regret not buying the book after the show, and this is no exception! Hopefully I have learned my lesson and will now always buy the books after I see really amazing exhibitions! I always like to reference the information later and realize that it isn’t all online!

VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Art

YSL Exhibit at VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Art

YSL Quote

 

“I am no longer concerned

with sensation and innovation,

but with the perfection of my style.”

— Yves Saint Laurent, 1982

 

Dresses at YSL Exhibit at VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Dresses at YSL Exhibit at VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Art

YSL Collection Board with sketches and color swatches

YSL Collection Board with sketches and color swatches

YSL Black-patent crocodile and mink jacket

I overheard a tour guide saying that this ensemble was the most notable in the show (but I don’t remember why!). The tour guide was going way too fast so I couldn’t keep up with him!

Chicago short daytime ensemble.
Autumn–Winter 1960 Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior haute couture collection. Black-patent crocodile and mink jacket; black bouclé wool skirt.

YSL exhibit at VMFA

YSL Exhibit - Red Dresses

YSL pink feather

Yves Saint Laurent - Pink Feathers

YSL Exhibit

YSL Exhibit - Dress with Pink Bow

YSL Exhibit at VMFA in Richmond

YSL Exhibit - Paintsuits

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit at VMFA

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit at VMFA in Richmond, Virginia

Hats at Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit at VMFA in Richmond, Virginia

Hat forms at Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit at VMFA in Richmond, Virginia

YSL Exhibit - Art Inspired Dresses

YSL Mondrian Inspired Dress

YSL Art Inspired Dresses

YSL Dresses at Exhibit

Rainbow of YSL Dresses at VMFA exhibit.

Blue Dresses at YSL Exhibit.

Rainbow of dresses at Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit

Orange Dress at YSL Exhibit

White Dresses at YSL Exhibit

Photos by Emma Weiss for MegBiram.com. Do not use without permission.

Thanks to Visit Richmond VA and VMFA for providing my ticket.