Dear Shaded Viewers,
“Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient” is the first temporary exhibition organized by the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent since its opening one year ago. The exhibition is on two floors one is dedicated to India and the other to China and Japan. The exotic kingdoms of Cathay, the mystical lands of Hindustan, the kingdom of the Rising Sun: all of those legendary locations enchanted Saint Laurent and were constant sources of inspiration. I’ve posted just a few of the pieces that enchanted me. Saint Laurent was an avid collector and an insightful observer. Luxuriate in the silks, brocades and other Eastern textiles and the dreams of authors and composers that Saint Laurent loved: The Tale of the Genji by Murasaki Shildbu, Madame Chrysantheme by Pierre Loti and Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and his contemporaries like Marguerite Duras and her novels like India Song, Savannah Bay and The Lover.
Musee national des arts asiatiques – Guimet and private collectors have lent Asian artworks to dialogue with the designs. The exhibition curator is the lovely Aurelie Samuel, Director of Collections at the Musee Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. Madison Cox is the President of the Fondation Pierre Berge.