YSL LEXICON: An ABC of the Fashion, Life, and Inspirations of Yves Saint Laurent
Edited by Martina Mondadori and Stephan Janson, Contributions by Claude Arnaud and Hamish Bowles and Amy Fine Collins
The world’s leading authorities on fashion and design celebrate the 60th anniversary of YSL’s first runway presentation with a lexicon that includes many images from the designer’s extraordinary archives.
Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) is credited with reviving French haute couture in the 1960s, with making ready-to-wear reputable, and with using non-European cultural references. In addition to the kaleidoscope of images in this book, a coterie of tastemakers have supplied listings that encompass YSL’s style inspirations (C is for Costumes, as exem-plified by the Russian theme of the famed autumn-winter 1976–77 collection; T is for Tuxedo, which the designer initially referenced with his 1965 “Le Smoking”) and important facets of his life (J is for Jardin Majorelle, the garden of the couturier’s para-disiacal retreat in Marrakech; R is for Rive Gauche, the bohemian, chic neighborhood of Paris where the YSL boutique is situated and also the name of the house’s famous perfume launched in 1970). This distillation and celebration of the designer’s life reveals the inner world of a twentieth-century master.
About The Author
Martina Mondadori is the founder of Cabana maga-zine. Stephan Janson is a fashion designer. Madison Cox is the president of the Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. Claude Arnaud is an essayist and biographer. Hamish Bowles is the international editor at large at American Vogue. Amy Fine Collins, a Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair for 25 years, is an Editor at Large at Air Mail and the author, most recently, of The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story, published by Rizzoli. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is an author. Caroline Issa is a magazine publisher. Caroline Loeb is an actress, singer, and director. Marian McEvoy is an artisan and former magazine editor in chief. Umberto Pasti is a writer and horticulturist. Elie Top is a jewelry designer. Diane von Fürstenberg is a fashion designer.