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Paris Agenda: L'Asie Rêvée d’Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition

As of now and till January 27, 2019 the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is hosting its new exhibition L’Asie rêvée d’Yves Saint Laurent (Yves Saint Laurent Dreams of the Orient) which showcases more than fifty fashion designs inspired by India, China and Japan. It invites its spectator onto a celebration of the orient as it brings together Asian artworks borrowed from the Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, and private collectors as a form of storytelling around Saint Laurent’s creative vision.

The designer who once said “I approached every country through dreams,” transports the visitors into his fantasy world. Throughout his collections, Yves Saint Laurent presented a dreamed vision of faraway countries, after a process of diving deep into local traditions, exploring the folklore, and distorting the clichés to suggest a sublimated depiction of traditional clothing.

India was one of Yves Saint Laurent’s major sources of inspiration. He reinterpreted clothing from the imperial wardrobe through a personal and feminine take on the traditional Indian coat to several draped dresses which built on the fundamentals of the Sari, the traditional dress of South India.

From China Yves Saint Laurent took the loose-fitting clothing, a characteristic of Chinese garments, and the use of floral prints, motifs and patterns. And from Japan comes the designer’s re-execution of the traditional Kimono garment as he preservied its fluidity and added more movement to its structure.

Yet undoubtedly the most successful fruit of YSL’s fascination in the Orient would be his highly renowned perfume Opium, launched in 1977 and still a best-seller to this day.

To learn more about the exhibition click here.