Yves Saint Laurent at the Seattle Art Museum

Jewelry of Haute Couture Collections

Cocktail Dress Homage to Piet Mondrian FW 65

During the holidays we managed to squeeze in a girl's night to the Seattle Art Museum's Yves Saint Laurent:  The Perfection of Style exhibit.  And I am so glad we did.  This exhibit obviously checks all the boxes for me.  Experiencing YSL's designs over the decades in one impeccably displayed space, including many of his sketches, fabric swatches and production documents intermixed with inspiration stories, it really felt like I experienced the human behind the designs.  You truly walked through his legendary 44 year career.  This exhibit transports you into the behind-the-scenes creative workings of not only the couture fashion house but the private life of the couturier.  (yeah I had to spell check that one.)

To be honest, I didn't know much about Yves Saint Laurent prior to this exhibit, I hadn't realized how iconic and transformational his pieces were, or the depth of his genius.  At 21 years of age Saint Laurent was named the Artistic Director of the House of Dior.  Of his many accolades, in 1966 YSL was the first to open a ready-to-wear boutique bearing his name, paving the way for what we know fashion as today.  

Who knew there was a time when everything we wanted was right at our fingertips!?

Oh these ruffle cuffs...

Tuxedo Dress Detail AW 66

And this black lace top paired with the layered skirt of my dreams, that sky blue oh my...
Evening Ensemble SS 81

I want to be this goddess...

Evening Gown SS 85 Blue Green

This exhibit runs at the SAM through Jan 8th, 2017.  The museum is open late Thursday, which is perfect for a ladies night out followed by drinks and dinner, as well as NYE and New Years Day.  Find tickets and more details here.  (After SAM, the exhibition will travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from May 6 – August 27, 2017.)

For sure I will be having sweet sugar plum dreams filled with sequins and silk and couture glamour.


Thank you to the Seattle Art Museum for generously supplying tickets for our girl's night out.  All photos with a caption below our courtesy of the museum.

All opinions are my own.

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