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Suit

Design House:
Yves Saint Laurent, Paris (French, founded 1961)
Designer:
Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Date:
spring/summer 1984
Culture:
French
Medium:
a) wool, silk, metal, leather; b) leather, metal; c-h) cotton; i) wool, silk; j) cotton, silk, metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.44a–j
Not on view
Mrs. Kempner's closets yielded a seemingly endless array of tailored suits. Many of the designs incorporated sartorial variations on iconic menswear elements: the spencer, the "Eisenhower" or blouson jacket, the double-breasted "gangster" suit, and the formal blazer. While acknowledging the virtues of traditional menswear, Mrs. Kempner was also an advocate of innovations of cut and detailing in her tailoring. The virtuosity of Balmain's jacket lapel incorporated into a seam to create a trompe l'oeil waistcoat or Saint Laurent's nautical ensemble that supplants a naval uniform's white duck with feminine cotton piqué suggests her interest in witty and novel details.
Marking: a) [label] "YVES SAINT LAURENT / PARIS / MADE IN FRANCE / 55386"
b) [label] "YVES SAINT LAURENT / PARIS / MADE IN FRANCE"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.

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