Exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent, early drawings”

Exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent, early drawings”

What one often remembers of Saint Laurent is the designer of the years 1965-1967, who, with just a few strokes of his magic pencil, could design one classic masterpiece after the other. The Mondrian dress, the Tuxedo and the Safari jacket all date back to this period! But fifteen years before this well- known designer came to be admired by all of Paris, there was another Saint Laurent and it is this person that this exhibition invites us to rediscover.


The young Yves was a lonely teenager who taught himself at his parents’ place in Oran. Miniature stage sets, paper dolls, drawings, illustrations for his favourite books, one cannot say that he had a brush in the hand – creativity just burnt his fingers.

The works that have been exhibited, for the most part never seen before, are proof, if proof were needed, of his remarkable precociousness. In 1955, at just 19 years of age, he would become an assistant to Christian Dior; two years later, he would take charge of the art direction. Here is someone who would make even Rimbaud appear to be a late starter. Hats off to the artist!


On view until 2nd September
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
5, avenue Marceau
75116 Paris


Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008)
Croquis de décor (non réalisé) pour le ballet Les Forains d’Henri Sauguet, 1951
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
© Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent / Tous droits réservés