Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal at The Bowes Museum, 11th July- 25th October

Portrait of Yves Saint Laurent in 1964_©Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Maurice Hogenboom

The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé have collaborated to create the UK’s first exhibition illustrating the French designer of Yves Saint Laurent’s life and work, writes After Nyne’s Caitlin Gorman. The fascinating exhibition is set to be displayed on the 11th July- 25th October and is claimed to portray the significant eras of the designer’s work and highlight its influence on fashion and our understanding of womenswear.

The Yves Saint Laurent; Style is Eternal exhibition will explore various themes including lace, art, masculine-feminine and transparency along with presenting his creative brand’s historic eras. The exhibition will portray these themes through the presentation of fifty garments and will inhabit a majority of the Bowes Museum’s first floor, following the light of previous exhibitions such as Vivienne Westwood Shoes and Stephen Jones Hats.

The exhibition articulates on what Yves Saint Laurent stated: “Fashion fades, style is eternal”, and is predicted to create a beautifully unique atmosphere and narrative of the designer’s history and the history of fashion overall.

Wedding dress. Tribute to William Shakespeare- ©Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent  Alexandre Guirkinger
Wedding dress. Tribute to William Shakespeare- ©Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Alexandre Guirkinger

From the much popularised tuxedos of the 1970s to the “rive gauche” bohemian look, the exhibition will explore some of Yves Saint Laurent’s greatest and most elegant creations.

Of course the setting was also a crucial factor of creating a monumental exhibition to which Bergé commented “The Bowes Museum is a natural destination given its exceptional work with fashion and textiles; the museum and its location also clearly reflects Saint Laurent’s, and my own, passion for inspiring, timeless places. It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French chateau, in the age of the Second Empire.”

The YSL exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in 1983 was exceptional and is considered a Manhattan sensation. Previous exhibitions of such give us high expectations for the exhibition to open in Durham’s own Bowes Museum on the 11th July.