Yves Saint Laurent’s Art-Inspired Designs Take Over Six Paris Museums

Installation view of “Yves Saint Laurent aux musées,” 2022, at Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. Raoul Dufy’s 1937 installation La Fée Electricité (The Electric Fairy) paired with three YSL looks from Fall Winter 1992 collection.PHOTO: ©NICOLAS MATHÉUS

From Picasso and Matisse to Lichtenstein and Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent drew inspiration from a great deal of artists from throughout art history, and the art world has always loved him for that. The fashion designer’s 1983 retrospective at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first devoted to a living haute couture designer, paved the way for countless other fashion-related exhibitions at art museums that have exploded around the world in the decades since.

And now, Saint Laurent is the subject of what is likely the largest survey of any fashion designer, with his genius taking center stage at no fewer than six Parisian museums. On view until May, the exhibitions all officially opened on January 29, the exact day, 60 years ago, when the then 26-year-old Saint Laurent launched the debut collection of his eponymous label with a presentation at its first house, the former studio of French Impressionist Jean-Louis Forain. Six institutions have joined forces to celebrate this momentous anniversary: the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée National Picasso–Paris, and, of course, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, all focusing on different themes, from color to literature to French craftsmanship.

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