The UK’s first ever exhibition devoted to the creations of fashion industry giant Yves Saint Laurent opens on 11 July in Barnard Castle, County Durham
The Style is Eternal retrospective is being held at the Bowes Museum and will see 50 outfits going on display, many of which have never been exhibited outside of France.
The exhibition is being organised by the designer’s former partner, Pierre Bergé, who is co-founder of the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation – he spent 40 years managing the business while Yves Saint Laurent focussed on the creative side.
A Dior dress by the designer, which was kept hidden for decades, will be on display for the first time in almost 60 years.
“The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent is committed to the promotion of the work of Yves Saint Laurent internationally, and as such it is extremely exciting to work on this first exhibition in the UK,” says Bergé.
“The Bowes Museum is a natural destination given its exceptional work with fashion and textiles; the museum and its location also clearly reflects Yves Saint Laurent’s and my own passion for inspiring, timeless places.
“It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French Chateau, in the age of the Second Empire,” he adds.
The Bowes Museum was created in the late 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, and houses internationally renowned collections of European fine and decorative arts spanning five centuries.
The permanent collections comprise works by artists including Canaletto, El Greco, Courbet and Turner, and the museum contains one of the UK’s most extensive collections of ceramics, including Italian maiolica and Sèvres Porcelain.
The Yves Saint Laurent exhibition will run until 25 October.