- Taschenbuch: 258 Seiten
- Verlag: Harry N. Abrams; Auflage: 1 (1. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0810971208
- ISBN-13: 978-0810971202
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 2,2 x 26,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 127.433 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Yves Saint Laurent: Style (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2008
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Yves Saint Laurent's signature design style is marked by its intertwining of references from the art world with those of popular culture and social revolution. Since its establishment in the 1960s by Saint Laurent himself and his partner, Pierre Berge, the Yves Saint Laurent haute couture house has redefined femininity, creating arguably the most famous - and sexiest - suit for women, 'Le Smoking' suit, as well as the innovative, landmark collections Pop Art, Ballet Russes and Picasso.This retrospective book is a one-of-a-kind complete survey of the forty-year history of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house, highlighting the inventive character of the designer's work. Over 160 of the best designs and accessories, all taken from the Foundation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent collection, appear along with drawings and photographs. This volume is a beautiful and comprehensive tribute to the timeless style of Yves Saint Laurent design. "Yves Saint Laurent" is the companion book to an exhibition that will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in the summer of 2008 and the de Young Museum in San Francisco in winter of 2008-9.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Pierre Berge was the partner of Yves Saint Laurent and is the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House.
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The strengths - and weaknesses - of YSL Style become more apparent when compared to the other recent YSL book from the same publisher (Yves Saint Laurent), which has received more positive reviews. From this point on, I will refer to the two books as "YSL Style" (pink book) and "YSL" (black book).
The quality of the printing and paper for YSL Style is good but not as luxurious as YSL. If your sole criterion for deciding whether to purchase a book is based on its status as an object and collectible, then YSL is the clear choice over YSL Style. If you are more interested in the content, then read on, because the two books serve different purposes.
YSL Style contains a generous number of the designer's drawings, far more than I've seen in any other fashion book. It provides great insight into the creative process and the evolution of ideas not just of Saint Laurent himself but also more generally in the arts and design. In this regard, YSL Style is distinct from most fashion retrospectives, more introverted; the reader peeks into Saint Laurent's sketchbook. The view is of Saint Laurent as an artist, like a painter in working in a studio rather than a figure in the glamorous world of celebrity and commerce.
In many other ways, YSL Style likely falls short of YSL. The latter book shows much more final work, more photographs than drawings. It also better conveys the ways in which Saint Laurent's designs were received, in terms of fashion shows, media coverage, and how people wore his clothes. As a retrospective, YSL provides a 360-degree view, while YSL Style is more focused. Some readers may view this as a limitation of YSL Style. I found the proximity to the very spark of creativity to be exhilarating.
For further reading and contemplation of M. Saint Laurent's work, I suggest the following titles, if you can find them. The first, is the exhibition catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with their 1983-84 exhibition. "Yves Saint Laurent", 1983, ASIN: B00188CAQU.
The second, is a beautiful volume entitled "Yves Saint Laurent: Images of Design 1958-1988", 1988, ASIN: B000ON4GCQ
For an insight into M. Saint Laurent's life and the process of Haute Couture, I recommend the marvelous DVD entitled "Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris", released in 2007 and available, as of this writing, here at AMAZON.
New books are on the way, so check them out first and flip through them in your local bookstore or library when they become available , if you can, before purchasing on Amazon, perhaps they'll have complete coverage of YSL's career.
Another great book to own is a paperback published in 1987 by the Art gallery of New South Wales (Australia) in conjunction with a travelling YSL exhibiton. This book features many RUNWAY photos paired with small pictures of the original sketches of the designs. Search for Australian sellers on [...] or other sites for the best prices as, understandably, there are many copies about in Australia , so the price is more reasonable than in than the rest of the world.
If you can get hold of a copy of the HARDCOVER edition of the Met book then do so, instead of settling with the softcover which has a less attractive cover, however the content is exactly the same.