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Short Cocktail Dress, 1965
Yves Saint Laurent, Short cocktail dress, tribute
to Piet Mondrian, Fall-Winter 1965. Ecru wool
jersey, encrusted with black, red, yellow and
blue. © Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint
Laurent, Paris/Photo A. Guirkinger.
Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by modern artists such as Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter. Saint Laurent styled this short cocktail dress to reflect the color blocks found in the paintings of Mondrian. The Denver Art Museum
will display 200 of Yves Saint Laurent's fashion designs in a unique exhibit exploring the intersection of fashion and art.
"This exhibition demonstrates the impact of Saint Laurent's work on the
history of fashion and the present-day relevance of his style," said
exhibition curator Florence Müller in a statement. "His creations achieved an ingenious
symbiotic relationship between setting style and recognizing popular
trends that made them not only wardrobe necessities, but also reflected
women's changing role in society."
"Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective" is on display at the Denver Art Museum from March 25 - July 8, 2012.