Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient

Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient
2018 has been an important year for French-Japanese relationships. This year marks an important 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations and a more open dialogue between the two nations. A large part of these celebrations has been a series of art exhibitions. The Japonisms 2018 programme brought many different projects to galleries and museums across the city. Earlier in the year, there were stunning shows from digital craftsmen and retrospectives of ancient schools. At the moment, a gold 3D printed throne sits beneath the Pyramid of the Louvre. All across Paris, gallery visitors have seen Japanese design in exciting new ways. 

The current Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient exhibition, at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, continues with this theme. The designer took inspiration from different nations and cultures throughout his carer. He dreamt up exciting new pieces based on Japanese clothing, such as his kimono in the 90s. In addition to this, he worked with ideas from China, India, Morocco and more. This new exhibition takes a closer look at this relationship between the French designer and these areas of interest. There are 50 designs in total that take viewers on an interesting journey around the Orient and other countries of interest. The show is enhanced further by a series of items from the region lent to the institution from the Musée Guimet.

This show is a great way to learn more about the designer and the styles that inspired some of his more interesting work over his career. It is one for those interested in Japanese art and design, but also budding fashion designers that want to learn from the best.

The show continues its run at the museum until the 27th of January. This means that there is more than enough time to enjoy the show over the holiday season. 

Curator of the Exhibition:

Aurélie Samuel
Director of Collections at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

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From 02 October 2018 to 27 January 2019

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
5 avenue Marceau
75116 Paris – France

Opening hours and days
Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Friday until 9:00 p.m. 

Full price €10
Reduced price €7