HANG TEN: Call it a couture tome. Pierre Bergé chose to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation with a bespoke book distributed to friends and supporters of the house, each with a calligraphy dedication. Only 1,000 copies are to be printed, and it will not be commercialized.
Packed with archival photos and text by Patrick Mauriés and Dominique Baqué, the 246-page coffee-table book by Editions du Regard also shelters news. Following a list of the 22 exhibitions the foundation has hosted at its lavish headquarters on the Avenue Marceau — dedicated to painting, photography, art and decoration — are details of the next two showcases.
The late couturier’s controversial Forties collection from 1971, which catapulted a retro trend despite howls of protest from the press, is to get the spotlight from March 19 to July 19 next year, curated by Olivier Saillard of Palais Galliera. This will be followed by an exhibition of art masterpieces collected by fashion designer Jacques Doucet, along with works purchased by Saint Laurent, showing how the two men were arbiters of taste in their respective eras. The latter is to debut in October.
Come 2016, the foundation is to focus solely on the fashion legacy of the acclaimed designer, and the following year, the venue is to become a permanent Yves Saint Laurent museum, Bergé told WWD.
The foundation certainly has riches to share, including 5,000 couture ensembles, including some from Saint Laurent’s brief career at Christian Dior; about 2,000 Rive Gauche ready-to-wear outfits; plus thousands of accessories, original drawings and other artifacts.
Bergé said that the institution’s inaugural exhibition, exploring how the designer’s clothes often paid tribute to the art world, was its most visited showcase. He also noted the foundation would organize exhibitions outside its walls, in France and abroad.