And to this invocation White Stole does embrace! What is most cherished in Saint Laurent’s sketches by lovers of Stole, Shawl, Cape, Bolero and Shoulder-Sweeping Style are the many ways YSL envisioned fabric, feather or fur to embrace the shoulders, arms, waist or neck of a Woman of Elegance and Style.
Yves Saint Laurent’s sartorial approach to fashion took women beyond the fluctuations of fashion to the realm of the “timeless” in fashion. Among the hundreds of sketches, drawings, photographs, production documents and original garments that the Fondation Pierre Berge – Yves Saint Laurent brings to the world’s greatest museums, The Perfection of Style exhibit presents YSL’s everlasting contributions from both his Haute Couture Collections as well as his SAINT LAURENT rive gauche ready-to-wear line that became a global phenomenon after its introduction in 1966.
Unpublished documents from the Fondation’s vast archives span personal portraits of Yves Saint Laurent from the sophisticated paper dolls he crafted while just a teenager, to sketches from his early days as Christian Dior’s assistant which would mark him as a young prodigy and foreshadow his destiny as someone who would become one of the greatest Couturiers of all time, to drawings that stand as an amazing treasure-trove released for our deep pleasure.
As Curators of Stole Style, White Stole takes immense interest in the rare, behind-the-scenes look into the creative workings of Saint Laurent’s own Collection Boards featuring his sketches from 1962 to 2002 that retrace 40 years of the YSL Maison de Couture’s fascinating history.
Yves Saint Laurent’s creative process and power of “styling” women is vividly seen in these amazing sketches that White Stole was able to digitally capture here for our mutual adoration. These sketches stand as evidence of Saint Laurent’s contribution to the adoration of the Stole, Shawl and Cape in Couture, as well as in Streetwear styling. From the 1960’s onward, it is clear as fashion is long that Saint Laurent helped the world move out of a Post-War mentality and enter into the realm of Modernity - and the Stole Accessory played a significant part in that evolution!
The production of an Haute Couture garment was a complex process that began with sketches created by Saint Laurent of “ensembles” - known in America as “outfits” - which he later called “looks.” These drawings included specifics about ergonomics, “drape” and the equilibrium that must be maintained between the fabric and the body. Once Saint Laurent had created the sketches to his satisfaction, he would then meet with his chefs d’ateliers (workshop heads) to present his drawings for translation onto a toile - the preliminary garment made of white cotton.
Dear Yves, for all of us at White Stole. your archives are adored sketches that demonstrate to us that the power of style reaches well beyond the ephemeral fluctuations of fashion…. into the Timeless!
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