Without question, Saint Laurent liberated our sense of style and invented a modern look that suited contemporary women’s status in society then…and now. But what is most treasured by White Stole’s Curators of Stole Style is his embrace of the Stole, Shawl, Scarf, Cape and Bolero Accessory,
A critical moment in Yves Saint Laurent’s career was his first evening dress design at the beginning of the Autumn-Winter 1955 collection for the Couture House of Dior. This design of a black dress, draped with a white scarf worn by a woman astride two elephants in the now-iconic photograph by Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, caused the sensation that would launch Saint Laurent to his iconic status we recognize today.
Later, his Paris pink silk satin draped bodice with large bow atop black velvet skirt, created in 1983, paid homage to his ability to add the kind of design focal point that made him beloved the world over.
After discovering Morocco in 1966, Saint Laurent expanded his palette into what became a strong element of his style with the explosion of intense colors and the varied hues of traditional garments worn in the Medina. From black, which he considered a real color, to the exploration of a broad colorful palate, and particular love of pink and blue, Saint Laurent’s sensitivity to color is noticeable in every aspect of his style.
As lovers of Couture, we applaud Saint Laurent’s use of costume jewelry, which was the most inventive in the history of fashion and followed the themes of each of his collections. The importance granted to the Accessory - the Stole, Cape, Bolero, Shawl, Scarf and Jewelry - established the Saint Laurent look and prefigured the contemporary era.
White Stole especially admires how Saint Laurent advised women without means to wear a very beautiful accessory over a simple skirt, a black sweater, and boots.
Together, we are swept into a full embrace of Saint Laurent’s praise of Stoles, Capes and Bolero Wraps in the video footage of the 1998 World Cup soccer finals that contributed to the creation of Saint Laurent’s mythic persona. This outsized retrospective fashion show at the Stade de France offered him the opportunity to present haute couture to a truly global audience as stunned fans and viewers from all over the world watched three hundred models walk the runway on the floor of the stadium to the music of Ravel’s Bolero.
In the photos White Stole has carefully curated from the retrospective of that runway show preserved by the Fondation Pierre Berge – Yves Saint Laurent, The Perfection of Style, we witness that Saint Laurent avoided the over-designed approach of many traditional haute couture garments. Instead, Saint Laurent focused attention on the beauty of the cut rather than superficial ornamentation – proving that the simplest dress can be more spectacular when brought to life with the perfect “Accessory.”
White Stole celebrates the Stole, Shawl, Cape and Bolero heritage created for us by Saint Laurent, and hopes you enjoy our favorite photos posted here for your pleasure.
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