Currently at the Seattle Art Museum there is a special exhibit about Yves Saint Laurent-so on Saturday I bundled up and went to check it out!! Going in I really only knew about some of his finished designs and most famous outfits, but they’ve put together a totally comprehensive look at not only how he approached and changed the fashion world but about his life as well. It was such an amazing thing to explore and I learned way more than I had anticipated. My mom came with me knowing pretty much nothing about YSL or high fashion but she had a really good time so don’t be afraid to bring someone along who isn’t super interested. This post is pretty pic heavy(and it’s only the surface of all the pictures I took) but I’m excited to share it with you all!
In the very first room, as you enter the exhibit, you start at the beginning of his life and there’s a display of the paper dolls and outfits he made as a kid. The talent and passion he had so young really shows that there was never any other direction his life was going to take. This blue dress was my favorite and I can only imagine what it would look like in real life!
My favorite room, and definitely the biggest of the exhibit, had sketches from all of his collections starting in the 1960’s through to his last one in 2002. Those sketches lined the outside neatly labelled by year and I really wish I knew some french to have been able to understand some of the notes on all of the collections. As someone with zero drawing and art abilities the sketches completely blew me away. It’s also really cool to see the way they would match up the fabrics to make the drawing come to life. In the middle of the room was a big platform with multiple mannequins and that one with the big pink bow stole my heart.
Can I please have the leopard dress!? It was inspired by the piece of art behind it and I think that actually seeing these together really encapsulates the way fashion and art are intertwined. Plus it totally shows that leopard will never be out of style. There’s also a section on the collection he did inspired by Mondrian and Pop Art; that lower dress feels so iconic.
The last section is a hallways full of outfits sorted by color and divided by sections swatches-green and blue, pink and red, etc. You end at that final quote and it’s perfect.
Some tips if you’re going to see the exhibit:
-On the busiest days you have a to buy a ticket for a specific time and you won’t be allowed in until then. So buy it before you go or understand that you may have to wait around a bit if it’s crowded. I went shortly after the museum opened and there was a big difference between how empty it was when I entered and how many people were filling it up by the time I finished.
-You can get parking validated for a discount at certain garages nearby so check online to make sure to try to find one of those to use!
-You will have to check your coat, large bag, and/or backpack.
-Make sure to grab one of the Gallery Guide pamphlets before going in. The mannequins are all numbered and this guide has all the details about what they are wearing.
-Pictures are allowed and encouraged! There are rules-no flash, no selfie sticks, no video-but they want people to share their pictures on social media with #SAMYSL(this exhibit is brand new so share it with the world!)
If you buy a ticket for this exhibit you also get access to the rest of the museum and it’s definitely worth exploring too. If you have someone with no interest in the exhibit they can buy a much cheaper ticket and go through the rest of the musuem while waiting for you. That’s where we left my dad and it was easy to meet up with him after lol
I’ll be doing a post Wednesday about the rest of SAM & Pike Place Market so be sure to check it out!
If you want to see the website with more info and pictures you can check it out @ http://ysl.site.seattleartmuseum.org/
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