I’ve just been to see the film about the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent. I took my 18 year old son George, who had no knowledge who Saint Laurent was, apart from recognising the logo from his fragrance bottles.
Taking that into account and the fact it is a french speaking film, with English subtitles, he said it was one of the best films he has seen, which is a big thumbs up then as regards a review. It would be biased for me to review it as I love fashion and the hedonistic era of the 1970’s, which the film heavily focuses on, but it is brilliantly acted by the lead, Pierre Niney and his resemblance to YSL is uncanny.
A highlight of the film are the clothes themselves, which are from the archives of the Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. They were loaned to the costume designer on the film, along with original sketches, on the understanding that they could not be altered and the actors and models could not sit down in them. They are stunning and totally reveal the level of Yves genius.
Image above from W magazine, of YSL with his models wearing part of his 1972 collection.
It is a sad tale though of a young man caught up in a hedonistic life style, much of which was shrouded in mystery before the designers death and you do realise without the backing, both professionally and emotionally, of YSL’s long term partner Pierre Berge, this fashion house would probably not have survived for as many years as it did.