Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – “The Scandal Collection”

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The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is currently showcasing an exhibition devoted to Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 1971 “Libération/Quarante” collection. This collection outraged Paris and the fashion industry causing a huge scandal because YSL used as inspiration the time of the Nazi occupation in Paris, which was a painful time in French history. This inspiration led him to create short dresses, square shoulders and exaggerated makeup, a look the industry called too “sultry, bitchy, and seductive”.

YSL Scandal CollectionA few years later,“Libération/Quarante” became the starting point to new trends and fashion during the 1970’s. The Fondation features many of the collection’s beautiful garments and life-sized sketches on the walls with oversized fabric swatches. Garments included his staple wrap dresses, cropped fur jackets, sequins detailing, and suits with padded shoulders. Visitors at the exhibit are given a first-hand look on the failure of the collection through a video presentation of the S/S 1971…

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