Yves Saint-Laurent, drawings from his young days exhibited at Musée YSL Paris

From May 29 to September 9, 2018, discover 60 drawings from Yves Saint-Laurent’s youth from Musée YSL Paris storage. During his teenage years, he is very interested in literature, theater, ballet and fashion and translates the feelings he has!

It’s been already 10 years since Yves Saint-Laurent died.
For his first temporary exhibition, running from May 29 to September 9, 2018, Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Paris opens Yves Mathieu-Saint-Laurent’s first sketches notebooks, notebooks he had when he was a teenager living in Oran, Algeria.

Living in the Oran bourgeoisie, pied noir Yves Saint-Laurent gets interested in arts, and it’s during a performance of The School For Wives staged by Louis Jouvet in 1950 that he throws himself into drawing and fashion.

At 14 years old, Yves Saint-Laurent already has a project, the “Illustre Petit Théâtre”, a true mini stage he decorates and where he has his cardboard characters walk and for which he creates costumes.

Yves Saint-Laurent, les dessins de jeunesse au Musée Yves Saint-Laurent
Jean Giraudoux Sodom and Gomorrah (ill. 07) and even Jean Coctau The Eagle with Two Heads (ill. 08), this stage allows him to reenact his favorite plays as much as he wants. Then, Yves Saint-Laurent decides to learn how to cut models’ silhouettes in his mother’s fashion magazines to dress as he likes…
Yves Saint-Laurent, les dessins de jeunesse au Musée Yves Saint-Laurent

In 1954, thanks to his dad, Yves Saint-Laurent meets Michel de Brunhoff, Vogue editor in chief who advises him to start a fashion career. He’s only 18 years old, YSL is born!

From his projects, a very beautiful personal and unknown history, remain drawings, children books and papercut pieces of clothing, memorabilia of a life that you can discover in Musée YSL Paris lounges altered especially on the occasion.

Please note that on June 1, 2018, Yves Saint-Laurent’s death day, Musée YSL Paris will be free for everyone and all day long, enjoy!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 16 May 2018

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Opening Time
From 29 May 2018 to 9 September 2018



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    75116 Paris 16

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