"All About Yves"

PAPER CHASE:  The new book “All About Yves” is way more fun than a Kindle, though a bit unwieldy for the subway.

This playful, French language tome on the late fashion great Yves Saint Laurent feels like a trawl through his archives, with letters, original sketches, Polaroids and press releases tucked into envelopes and vellum pockets. The fun starts on page 13, with a paper doll wearing a slip, elbow-length gloves and red pumps — plus a dozen different outfits.

The text explains that the young designer created two collections on paper, in 1953 and 1954, foreshadowing a real career in couture. Among the inserts is a facsimile of the letter the designer penned on Jan. 2, 2002 to announce his retirement. In between are chapters on his revolutionary styles, his artistic inspirations and his fascination with exotic places.

Written by fashion historian Catherine Örmen, the 128-page, hardcover tome came out last month and is published by Editions Larousse. It retails for 45 euros.

Inside "All About Yves"

Inside “All About Yves”  Courtesy Photo