“Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from October 11 through January 8. Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition highlights the legendary designer’s 44-year career and features new acquisitions by the foundation that have never been shown publicly before.
Besides finished garments, the exhibition presents Saint Laurent’s immersive working process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized. The multifaceted exhibition is co-curated by Florence Müller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. The unique installation is designed by architects Nathalie Crinière and Chloë Degaille of Agence NC, in collaboration with SAM’s exhibition designer Paul Martinez. Shown: "Suzy" doll with eight outfits from her wardrobe, 1953-1955, Paper doll cut out of a magazine and glued onto cardboard, Garments made of paper cut-outs, ink, watercolour and gouache. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Member preview weekend is Oct.8-10.