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IN THE MAKING: In “Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio — Mirror and Secrets,” fashion historian Jéromine Savignon follows the process behind the designer’s couture collections. Published by Actes Sud, the book comes in both French and in English, and contains around 40 unreleased images — including sketches and photographs of the designer at work in various studios — along with quotes from the designer Pierre Bergé. Photographers include Marc Riboud, Jeanloup Sieff and François-Marie Banier.

The author divides the designer’s creation process into five acts. “The process is a dogged pursuit of perfection in an almost mute effervescence,” according to Savignon.

This story first appeared in the November 13, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

She describes a scene on the occasion of the spring-summer 2001 couture collection: “Colette! I asked you for a sausage and you have made me a masterpiece. It’s sensational!’ Saint Laurent takes his première in his arms. The emotion spreads and everyone applauds.”

The book is priced at 18 euros, or $22.50 at current exchange rate.

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