DENVER’S TAKE ON YSL: Pierre Bergé and Betty Catroux were among the notable guests expected at tonight’s opening night gala for “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” at the Denver Art Museum. The 40-year recap of the designer’s storied career officially bows Sunday and runs through July 8. Organized by DAM and Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, this  will be the only U.S. stop for this exhibition, which is an offshoot of a larger one that was first shown in Paris in 2010 at the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.

In addition to 200 couture ensembles, the show features photographs, drawings, films and other multimedia elements to give visitors a better understanding of his work. The galleries explore the arc of his career from his early days at Christian Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his final runway collection in 2002. Curated by Florence Müller and overseen by Bergé, the exhibition has nine sections including The Enchantment of the Exotic, Dialogue with Artists and Writers and Le Smoking.

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