Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
cotton, silk, pearl, plastic
Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Wrightsman, 1964
Not on view
The patron saint of lace makers is Saint Anne, mother of Mary. Maternal and feminine, immaculate and important, the traditions of lace making have been associated for centuries with the finest in dress. Lace embellishments to court dress from both men and women were evidence of power displayed through a craft. Hand-appliquéd lace defies the machine aesthetic and convenience in as palpable a form as any. The white-on-white relief of guipure is a small allover sculpture articulating the surface of a very modest, even elementary, silhouette. Saint Laurent knows that ethereal hand craft garniture is most effective when combined with an unpretentious modern structure.
Marking: [label] "Yves Saint Laurent - Paris - Made in France #2576"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Yves Saint Laurent: 25 Years of Design," December 6, 1983–September 2, 1984.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion and History: A Dialogue," December 7, 1992–March 21, 1993.
The Palace Museum, Beijing. "Yves Saint Laurent 1958–1985," May 7, 1985–July 14, 1985.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology," May 5, 2016–September 4, 2016.