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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian Inspired Dresses

Having just got back from San Francisco De Young Museum where the Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition was held, I was motivated to check out the some ads or editiorials with YSL dresses. Found this ad in L'Officiel October 1965 Issue (also on display at the museum). YSL's wool jersey dress was a tribute to Piet Mondrian's painting: Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930.

Another block version from YSL, September 1965 Queen magazine:
He demonstrated a feat of dressmaking, setting in each block of jersey, piecing in order to create the semblance of the Mondrian order and to accommodate the body imperceptibly by hiding all the shaping in the grid of seams.

About Piet Mondrian:

Yves Saint Laurent Dress - Cover and Sketch

Two well-known 1966 Yves Saint Laurent dresses are on displayed at the Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition, currently at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Here is a front cover of the November 1966 TAN magazine and a sketch by Yves Saint Laurent. This "Long Leg" dress was also on the front cover of LIFE magazine.

Michelle Obama and J. Crew

First Lady Michelle Obama is featured in Vogue's latest issue. Many of J. Crew's items featured in Vogue will be available for purchase in their Fall 2009 collection and can be preordered (800-261-7422):

Cashmere Shrunken Cardigan (Item 18248; $178)

Rumpled Satin Cami (Item 18891; $78)

Blushed Tweed Pencil Skirt (Item 17446; $178)


Link to see more pictures of Michelle in Vogue:

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition

In the 1960s Yves Saint Laurent made an indelible mark on fashion with clothing emblematic of the new modernity. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Pierre BergĂ©–Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.

The exhibition explores the designs that made Saint Laurent famous, and his inspirations drawn from art, theatre, history, literature, and nature. This exhibition contains nearly 130 accessorized garments and sketches illustrating the lines, colors, and fundamentals of Saint Laurent’s work. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

Montreal (May 29, 2008 to September 29, 2008):

San Francisco (Nov 1, 2008 to April 5, 2009):

L'Officiel - French Fashion Magazine Archive

Need to research french couture and advertising? L'Officiel magazine has an archive dating back to 1921.

You can view them at the Jalou Gallery:

Our L'Officiel magazines can also be purchased at our on-line store: