• ‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style’ Exhibit Bows in Seattle

‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style’ Exhibit Bows in Seattle

SEATTLE — From the day in 1957 that 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent succeeded the late Christian Dior, his life has been the subject of as much fascination as his legendary designs. This week, “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” opens at the Seattle Art Museum to reveal an in-depth look at aspects of the designer’s life that contributed to some of his iconic moments. At a time when the appetite for behind-the-scenes images and tell-all reality shows has become boundless, it’s fitting that there would be renewed interest in a man who was a pop-culture figure during the Sixties zeitgeist. “The first fascination is the dresses — the Mondrian or the tuxedo, and that is the first image that [people] have in their mind,” said exhibit curator Florence Muller, who is Denver Art Museum’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and who has worked on a number of exhibitions featuring the designer. But, she said, people want to discover the man behind the creation. “The exhibition gives this perspective. It’s something more intimate.” The show starts with a Stateside first: Paper dolls created by a teenage Saint Laurent in the Fifties made out of magazine cutouts and cardboard — a dress rehearsal of sorts for

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