Yves Saint Laurent Sketch of theatre costumes for Genevieve Page in the show "L'Aigle à deux têtes" from 1978
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Yves Saint Laurent Archives On The Internet

YSL Sketch-Theatre-Ball 1978
Yves Saint Laurent, Croquis des costumes de la Reine incarnée par Geneviève Page, L’Aigle à deux têtes, 1978

You might think that ball gowns are a thing of the past. In the second half of the 20th century, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent traveled with the “jet-set”, artists, fashionistas and aristocracy in a world alive now in memories and imaginations. In the 1950s and 1960s, this crowd wore the designs of Yves Saint Laurent to château balls.

Today, the memories and imaginations are kept digitally alive. Yves Saint Laurent’s archives are available to anyone who uses the Internet. The archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent have joined the French Minister of Culture and Communication’s project of digitalizing “patrimoine” (French history). The updated archives include sketch designs of theatre costumes and ball gowns and accessories.

The archives already online include paper dolls (play the paper doll dress up “La maison de couture de papier“), theater, movies, special events, posters, paintings, and “La Vilaine Lulu” a humorous comic book for adults in 1956 when Yves Saint Laurent worked with Christian Dior.

The foundation is open to the public for temporary exhibits or anytime when accompanied by a Cultival guide. The “Yves Saint Laurent: between couture and culture” exhibit includes temporary exhibitions, the Reception Salons, Yves Saint Laurent’s studio and the library of the Foundation. The visits can be conducted in French, English or Spanish.

Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent
5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 31 64 00
Metro: Alma Marceau – Line 9
Bus 42, 63, 80, 92, 72
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, May 1st, May 8th, Pentecost Monday, July 14th, August 15th, Christmas Day
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