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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996083
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This luxurious volume, published to accompany the current retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s work at Paris’s Petit Palais, beautifully compiles the fashion designer’s professional craft and personal history. Bearer of the iconic initials YSL, the Algerian-born wunderkind entered into the fashion world as an art director for Christian Dior destined for industry success. The book, formatted partially as a time line, narrates Laurent’s life against the broader backdrop of French social and cultural life. Close friends and colleagues adorn this story with personal accounts of a troubled life lived in the spotlight that was not without its share of intrigue (addictions, failed collections). Those interested in fashion for fashion’s sake will enjoy the many brilliant, high-quality photographs and descriptions of every collection YSL created. Full-page profiles of Laurent’s most revolutionary styles, such as his women’s tuxedo and safari jacket, demonstrate the designer’s significant contribution to fashion history. At its core, this book is a thorough depiction of a man and his craft. --Annie Bostrom

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Farid Chenoune is a fashion historian and author of several books, including A History of Men's Fashion and Beneath It All: A Century of French Lingerie, as well as a contributor to French Vogue. He lives in Paris.

Florence Müller
has written many books and catalogues and organized several exhibitions on fashion history and the phenomenon of contemporary fashion. She teaches these subjects at the Institut français de la Mode. She worked as UFAC Director and Curator at the Musée des Arts de la Mode, Paris. Among other titles, she has published Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture and Art & Fashion

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Full of lots of history and beautiful eye candy.
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This book is a beautifully illustrated comprehensive overview detailing the genius that is Yves Saint Laurent.
Lilly Ford
This book is great for any lover of art and/or fashion.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By J. Salzenstein VINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
These days, celebrities lending their name to a brand is commonplace, a practice that's become - in our humble opinion - vulgar. Whether based on greed, narcissism, or simply bad management, it seems like every other Hollywood leading lady (and more and more, leading man) has a line of clothing, home goods, energy drinks, [insert name of nearly any other item you can think of here].

For every dozen Hollywood starlets or handful of douchebags (Ed Hardy/Christian Audigier comes to mind) hawking cheap wares at Macys, Kmart and QVC, however, there are one or two designers who've actually given up their blood, sweat, and tears - not to mention learning the art and possessing genuine creative talent - to legitimately deserve the right to put their name to a label. Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton... timeless, classic, beautiful brands - all of which carry a name from an actual person. Standing strong among them, with a rich history of creative brilliance, is Yves Saint Laurent.

The first tome to celebrate the sheer design genius of the man, Yves Saint Laurent represents a comprehensive retrospective of the designer, the icon, the legendary god of fashion who helped create the industry that we know today as fashion. A celebrity among celebrities, from his first couture collection to his last, Saint Laurent's clothes were celebrated and his brilliance admired- as well they should be.

As vibrant, diverse and fascinating as the man himself, Yves Saint Laurent - the book - plays excellent tribute to the artist. An accompaniment to a retrospective exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris (featuring more than 300 garments; on view through August 29, 2010), it's a first-rate volume that's as full of history as it is photographs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Kume on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Yves Saint Laurent" is the exhibition at the Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. Since March 11. Ends on August 29, 2010.
This catalogue-book contains the exhibition images of this amazing fashion designer,his life and work, born in 1936. He worked at Dior fashion house, launched "the trapeze line ("A" line) in 1958" ... "And in the 1960s, opened his own couture house, with innovative ideas also in their creations, especially the tube (straight line dress) with drawings by the painter Mondrian." (Braga, 2008, p. 87)
Endowed with vast cultural repertoire honored several artists including Vincent van Gogh, Serge Poliakoff, Pablo Picasso, Tom Wesselmann, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque (a dress in an editorial in 1998 with then-model Carla Bruni, the current first lady). In the late 1960s, for womenwear launched a set of trousers and jacket. Since then, fashion has become a reflection of behavior and ideological identity. Revival, glam, tribes in the 1970s. Multiplicity in the 1980s, multimixed identity in the 1990s. He went through all this, imposing style and aesthetics fully unique, leaving his unmistakable mark.
Far beyond the more than 300 looks-outfits exposed, documentation of his production, his muses ,idols and admirers, Yves Saint Laurent left us a great, unique and timeless legacy: Style with attitude!

BRAGA, João. História da Moda, uma narrativa. São Paulo: Editora Anhembi-Morumbi, 2008.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By miles on August 9, 2010
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Great documentation of what Yves stood for in fashion. Would recommend it to everyone who respects a creative genius. Gorgeous binding and luxurious weight in your hand. A well-designed and edited book about the elusive designer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on December 16, 2011
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This book is a beautifully illustrated comprehensive overview detailing the genius that is Yves Saint Laurent. The book is full of stunning full color photos depicting Laurent's beautiful collections across various decades. The text is also highly informative and accessible and does a great job in putting Laurent's collections within their social and historical contexts along with explaining the sources of Laurent's inspiration. The amount of text is reasonable and doesn't take from the beauty of the illustrations. The book itself is very well made and the paper is of the highest quality. All fans of Laurent and fashion in general will be pleased with this masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rose on February 21, 2011
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This book is exactly what I was looking for about Yves Saint Laurent. The photos are brilliant and colorful with detailed information of each one. YSL was a legendary designer and the author covered his talented journey in the fashion world wonderfully! I would recommend this book for anyone interested in fashion or modeling, it reflects how timeless his designs were. There are also great photos of some famous models too. It takes you back to a special time when even in the fashion world things were more simple and people really dressed for the occasion. A treasure to keep nearby for reference or to escape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Rhys on July 17, 2013
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I really enjoy this YSL coffee table book. Cover is now limited, as the brand recently changed its logo to saint laurent and it sits beautifully on my coffee table. There are tons of insightful and beautiful pictures, good information about Yves/ his creations and the writing is enjoyable. It is well worth the money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emilie on March 23, 2011
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I was lucky enough to go to Paris and see this exhibit in person and this book gives the reader the chance to experience the YSL exhibit in the comfort of their own home. The book is just as informative and comprehensive as the exhibit and complements the exhibit very well. The reader get a better insight to the life of Saint Laurent and who he was. As well as learning about his choices in fashion with amazing illustration. This book is great for any lover of art and/or fashion. Truly amazing felt like I was in Paris seeing the exhibit in person while reading this book.
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