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Yves Saint Laurent, evening dress with Bougainville-print, spring/summer 1989. Worn by Catherine Deneuve at the Golden Globes (1993).

YSL these three letters are a household name in the fashion world. It is the initials of the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent, the man who has forever changed the image of women with his innovative look and rebellious attitude. The French actress Catherine Deneuve was 22 years old when she first met Saint Laurent in 1965. He designed the dress she would wear during a visit to the Queen of England. This would be the start of a lifelong friendship. The twenty ensembles – purchased at an auction from the private wardrobe of Deneuve – from the collection of Museum No Hero together tell the story of the special bond between the designer and the film star over the years. The own collection, supplemented with a number of top loans from other museums, such as the famous Mondrian dress from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the iconic tuxedo for ladies from the Hasselt Fashion Museum, show how Saint Laurent with his bold designs turns the world upside down put down.

Haute Couture

In rooms 1 and 2, the museum shows twenty creations from its own collection, supplemented by two evening dresses and the well-known ladies’ tuxedo from the collection of Fashion Museum Hasselt and the world-famous Mondrian dress from the Rijksmuseum. The creations in silk, satin, crepe, damask, wool, leather, velvet and cotton are executed in a rich color palette that varies from ivory, corn, chestnut to pink, purple, indigo and of course black. All designs are by the designer who from the 60s set the tone in the fashion world: Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008). One of the top pieces from our own collection is a ‘tailleur de soir’ printed with a print of bougainvillea flowers and worn during the American Golden Globes ceremony in 1993. The film Indochine in which Deneuve played the leading role received the prize of this ceremony best non-English entry. A long evening gown of ‘Neptune blue’ muslin with large bow was worn by the Frenchman during the 50-year anniversary of the Cannes Festival in 1997. But also the ‘normal’ raspberry-colored linen suit is unmistakably bearing the signature of the master Saint Laurent for his muse Catherine Deneuve.

Museum No Hero, Hengelosestraat 2/4, 7491 BR Delden, the Netherlands



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