Anticipating the upheavals in attitudes during the 1960s and 70s, Yves Saint Laurent, a visionary, introduced a new style that revolutionised the wardrobe of the contemporary woman.
A keen observer of the attitudes of the young people all around him, he translated these attitudes into new clothing expressions and thus created a permanent dialogue between women and himself, between him and the street.
He wove bridges between genres, and by feminising pieces borrowed from menswear he transferred the symbols of power to women. These transgressions also allowed him to change the rules of seduction, and in particular to create a new image of the free and active woman.
For this exhibition at the ING Cultural Centre, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is exceptionally showing a large number of creations from its collection, most of which have never been exhibited before. Jewellery and accessories, as well as drawings, sketches and other unpublished documents come together to reveal the alchemy of the Saint Laurent style.