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Yves Saint Laurent 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0500517604
ISBN-10: 0500517606
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“The book is a study of glamour, with yards of rich fabrics, enormous jewels and stunning designs.And the great stories―like the times YSL ripped off his tuxedo cummerbund to make a top for Grace Jones in the wings of her show―only undergird his genius.” (TIME)

“The book is filled with intriguing portraits depicting the vibrancy of the man, the artistry of his designs, and the tableaux in which he worked and lived. Lowit also memorably portrays the celebrities he befriended―Catherine Deneuve and Paloma Picasso among them―and the models he enlisted to wear his designs: Pat Cleveland, Jerry Hall, Iman, Stella Tennant, Laetitia Casta, and Kate Moss. Perhaps most notably, the tome shows Saint Laurent’s haute-couture and ready-to-wear pieces at their original debuts―a documentation of, and tribute to, the aesthetic transformations he shepherded over the years.” (Surface)

“[Roxanne Lowit] chronicles an iconic designer and an excessive time―the 1970s and ‘80s―with all their flourishes of ruffles, lace, brocade, Frida Kahlo floral headdresses, roses, appliqué―you name it.” (WAG)

“Vibrant, candid photos of the designer and his work from their meeting in 1978 through his last show in 2002.” (W)

“Lowit's photographic authority spans more than two decades and this new offering shows why she was his favorite lenswoman.” (Art Desk Magazine)

“Celebrates Lowit's photography from the height of Saint Laurent's career, including backstage shots of Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista, Shalon Harlow, and much, much more.” (New York Magazine: The Cut)

“Dazzling.” (The Society Diaries)

“An inside peek into the life of the elusive legend, Lowit's photographs paint the portrait of a man who not only changed the way women dress, but the lives of the women around him as well.” (The Real Real)

“There are already countless reasons to adore Yves Saint Laurent, but fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit captures plenty more in her latest compilation of behind-the-scenes images of the iconic designer throughout his career. Case in point: the fact that for each of his runway shows, the iconic designer embellished his favorite look with a heart-shaped necklace, inspired by one of his early drawings.” (StyleBistro)

“[Roxanne Lowit] single-handedly invented backstage photography and captured the essence of the winning combination that is supermodels and design visionaries....The book is a visual feast.” (V Magazine)

“Nobody can capture the glamorous chaos and style intensity of backstage fashion shows like fashion and celebrity photographer Roxanne Lowit.” (The Blot Magazine)

“A must-have for any fashionista.” (Windy City Times)

“Gives and inside look at [Lowit's] personal photos of the legendary designer and his shows captured from 1978 to his final runway bow in 2002.” (Harper's Bazaar)

“[Lowit's] partnership with designer Yves Saint Laurent began in 1978 and continued through the end of his career, yielding stunning photographs of his couture creations worn by the top models of the day.” (Architectural Digest)

“The photos date from 1978 to Saint Laurent’s finale in 2002 and are very personal, as Lowit was a dear friend of the beloved designer.” (Second City Style Review)

“A perfect marriage of Lowit's ability to capture 'glamorous chaos' with Saint Laurent's ability, no matter what was going on.” (The San Francisco Chronicle)

“The kind of book that provides endless possibilities in terms of multiple readings....A timeline, a diary, a love letter to the designer's career.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Lavish images.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Roxanne Lowit is a New York-based fashion photographer who started taking pictures in the 1970s. Her photographs have appeared in many magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine, and Glamour, and she has worked on numerous advertising campaigns for, among others, Dior, Barney’s, and Vivian Westwood.

Pierre Bergé was the partner of Yves Saint Laurent and is the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500517606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500517604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 13.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Rucker on November 19, 2014
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If you are a fan of Yves Saint LAurent, and his work especially around that period of fashion during the 80-89 years, when not only Yves SAint Laurent but Karl Lagerfeld for chole , Mugler, Montana, etc, had runway shows that blew everyone away with Iman, Pat Cleveland, Amalia, Violetta,Kirat, Jerry Hall, Mounia, Sayoko, Anna Bayle, Sadiye, Dalma, and others all superstar runway models .And if you recognize any of these models then get this book! Roxanne Lowit photos of the backstage action is wonderful. You really get the see the craftsmanship, the elegance , the beauty of Yves Saint Laurent . Great book for collectors of fashion, get it. I hadn't realized that with the purchsaeof this book , I now have 6 books about Yves Saint Laurent!, so trust me on this one ! LOL
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Even though this book is only 90 pages, I was expecting there to be a lot more writing (memoirs) then there actually were. Only about 7 pages were writing, which were essays focusing on Yves Saint Laurent's work rather than as a person. The rest of the pages are pictures. Despite this not being what I expected, the pictures are incredibly enough to make up for it. There are pictures of his most famous designs but also of him working, posing, lounging, etc. So if you're looking for a book of pictures, this one is great. But don't buy this expecting a book of memoirs.
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I'll be the first to say I'm biased in my option bc I work for the house of Saint Laurent Paris. The book was a hit as a gift for my co worker. I was able to browse the photos and I know I will be buying myself a copy. The behind the scenes photos are absolutely Devine! A must have for any book collector or Saint Laurent fan.
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Another amazing book by Roxanne Lowit! I had the pleasure of hearing Roxanne speak at the Phoenix Art Museum about her journey with YSL and about many of the photos in the book. She is not only talented as she shares a glimpse of the wonderful world of fashion but she is also extremely humble.The images are stunning. A great addition to any coffee table...
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Amazing to see ysl's life in behind the scene photos
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This was a gift for my wife; she attended one of his Paris shows, back in the day. It was a real treat to receive the book.
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Never anyone else.like him. Will buy anything about YSL.
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