If the recently concluded Fashion Week and street style action have shown fashion’s adaptability during the time of Covid-19, then the announcement that Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris has reopened its Betty Catroux exhibition is proof that the industry is keen to get back to business.
After a long closure due to the pandemic, the museum opened its doors on Oct 8 for the exhibition ‘Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent, Feminine Singular’, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tribute to Catroux – fashion icon, and muse of Yves Saint Laurent.
Betty Catroux and Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello
First launched in March, the exhibition displays an immense 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.
Apart from exclusive runway prototypes of haute couture pieces, the exhibition will also house pieces from the first ready-to-wear collection by Saint Laurent himself – the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche line.
Since we can’t travel to Paris anytime soon, browse below to see the pieces that helped shape the fashion house’s signature style at this exhibition.