Betty Catroux – former Chanel model, fashion icon, and muse of Yves Saint Laurent. Come March, the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris will house a special exhibition with pieces displayed from a donation by Catroux herself. With 180 haute couture and 138 pieces from the fashion house’s ready-to-wear line Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, this is the biggest donation the museum has ever received.
Also known as Saint Laurent’s “female double,” Catroux’s androgynous look was a heavy influence on the early works and signature style of the iconic French luxury label in the 1960s up until 2002. Riding on that, creative director Anthony Vaccarello has curated the collection to not only feature the unique pieces from Catroux’s personal collection, but also pieces that reflect the crossroad between her and the house of Saint Laurent.
See the inaugural pieces that helped shape the fashion house’s signature style at this exhibition, as it recounts the history of Saint Laurent’s staple pieces: the safari jacket, the jumpsuit, trench coat, pant suit, tuxedo show. Apart from exclusive runway prototypes of haute couture pieces, the exhibition will also house pieces from haute couture’s first ready-to-wear collection by Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.
So if you’re in Paris anytime soon, catch the “Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent, Feminine Singular” exhibtion to take a peek into the designer mind of Saint Laurent. The exhibtion will run from March 6 to October 11 at the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris.