Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Touch of Yves

The Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, “The Retrospective,” is spectacular and definitely worth a trip to the Mile High City for all fashionistas! Denver is the only venue in the U.S. for the show. 200 mannequins are dressed primarily in haute-couture ensembles spanning the entire career of Saint Laurent. I saw the 2008 Saint Laurent exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, and this is by far more comprehensive.

Wesco Fabrics presents new fabrics and window covering designs during the Denver Design District’s “Launch” which coincides with the YSL exhibit on April 11. Two treatments are inspired by Yves Saint Laurent. Join us for one of two Wesco Fabrics’ presentations at 10:30 or 3:00.

A few of our new decorative fabric designs which will be shown from the “Imagine” collection. I love these new purples and lavenders.

A magnificent array of haute-couture ball gowns from the genius of Saint Laurent.

Being a textile guy I was mesmerized by the display of hundreds of color swatches Saint Laurent used in developing his creations. The Denver Art Museum did an outstanding job of displaying YSL’s evolution from a 19 year old first starting with Christian Dior in 1955 to what they called the “The Last Waltz” when he retired in 2002. That year, Yves then 65, presented a blockbuster “retrospective” fashion show at the Pompideau Center in Paris with 300 models wearing his work of the past 40 years. That must have been an incredible event!

The museum recreated Yves Saint Laurent’s office from his Paris atelier where he sketched many now classic designs. Pierre Berge’, Yves’ business & life partner, loaned the Denver Art Museum 200 designs picked from his Paris foundation’s archive of over 5000 creations. The dresses were shipped from Paris in temperature controlled cases.

The Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton wing, designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind, is worth the trip to our beautiful city. If you come for the show please let us know as we would love to be your host for a tour of our Wesco Fabrics’ showroom, custom workroom, and warehouse headquarters.

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