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The Style of Yves Saint Laurent

  • Wednesday, May 15 at 11:30 am

  • In English

  • Doors open at 11:00 am

  • On-site • 54 W. Chicago Ave

  • $50 On-site Attendance • $25 Lecture Recording*

  • *The online lecture will not be live. A recording will be sent to registrants within 48 hours after the event.

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" J’essaie de montrer que la mode est un art. Pour cela, j’ai suivi les conseils de mon maître Christian Dior et les intemporelles leçons de Mademoiselle Chanel. J’ai créé pour ma génération et essayé de prévoir ce que sera demain. " - Yves Saint Laurent

“I tried to show that fashion is an art. For that, I followed the counsel of my master Christian Dior and the imperishable lesson of Mademoiselle Chanel. I created for my era and tried to forsee what tomorrow would be.” - Yves Saint Laurent

In 1983, an exhibition devoted to Yves Saint Laurent opened at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by Diana Vreeland, it was the first retrospective of a living couturier’s work.

Amanda Garfinkel, Assistant Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will focus on Yves Saint Laurent’s fashions through the lens of The Costume Institute’s 1983 exhibition Yves Saint Laurent – The CI’s first monographic exhibition on a living designer – and the department’s extraordinary collection of his work.

The Yves Saint Laurent retrospective … shows that a couturier can    also—must be—a surveyor, an outspoken individual who has not exhausted his ability to love, an illusionist, a child, an astonomer, someone naive and a genius, an occasional writer, a copier, a tamer, a promoter, and a clairvoyant. And it shows that women do not want to be forced to be just one thing, but want to be saints and harpies, lionesses and huntresses, virgins and courtesans, men, paupers and countesses, clowns and spies, calm young women under their capelines or gray felt hats, and great armchair travelers.

Hervé Guibert, Le Monde, December 8, 1983.  

Following this first retrospective, many exhibitions devoted to Yves Saint Laurent have been organized throughout the world, in such places as Beijing, Paris, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sydney, Tokyo, and Marseille.
Credit - Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

About the Guest

Amanda Garfinkel specializes in contemporary fashion. Since joining The Costume Institute in 2007, she has assisted on several exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016), Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017), and In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (2021). She holds an MA in decorative arts, design, and culture from Bard Graduate Center and a BFA in crafts and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell

Photo credit: (Lataste, Charly/

Grand Patrons:

Myriam Bransfield
Jean P. Elting
Susan Hillman
Elizabeth Hoffman
Libby Horn
R. Stanley Johnson*
Betsy Holleb Krauss
Virginia Boyles Lawless*
Suzanne C. McCormick
Janis W. Notz
Betsey N. Pinkert
D. Elizabeth Price
Cheryl Sandner
Laraine Spector
Liz Stiffel
Mary K. Swift
Leslie Zentner


Elisabeth Adams
Mary H. Anderson
Lisa W. Bailey
Michelle Bibergal
Frances Blair
Virginia Bobins
Betsy Karp
Mary Ellen Connellan
Kathleen Cook
Lidia Devonshire
Annie Ergas
Judith Scholl Lee
Jeanne and Fred Lewin
Leslie Logsdon
John G. W. McCord
Donna McKinney
Carol Montag
Jody Pelletiere
Lisa Klimley Malkin
Carole Sandner
Diana M. Senior
Pauline Kurtides Sheehan
Beth Smetana
Elizabeth Thiele
Blair Thrush Lele
Margaret Abbott Trboyevic
H. Randolph and
Nancy S. Williams
Karen Zupko

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