Monday, June 2, 2008


This was a designer who liked women. They don't all.

Rest in peace, Monsieur Saint Laurent.

The scoop in French is here and here.

A chronology of YSL's life and work is here.

And, again in French, some quotes from the master. I shall translate a few of them tomorrow once I have had some rest from my travels and given the proper attention to Mademoiselle Maya Pavlova, who is elegant in slender grey with white gloves and boots.

As promised:

High fashion [couture] is a mistress who costs a lot of money; she only has seven years to live. (1974)

Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothes a woman can wear are the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who have not had the good fortune to find that happiness, I am there. (1983)

I have always thought that style was more important than fashion. Those who have made an imprint with their style are rare, whereas fashion-makers are legion. (1993)

I have participated in the transformation of my era. I did so with clothing, which is certainly less important than music, architecture, painting (...) Be that as it may, I did it. (2002)


pj said...

Is there anything that doesn't interest you? ;)

Jane R said...

Lessee... Football, hockey, and lacrosse. Also the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg. (Never heard of him? Don't worry. With all due respect to him, of course. I did hear him lecture once and he was better than his books.) And a lot of movies (like the one they showed on the plane at which the woman to my right was laughing uproariously) and tee vee shows. And craft fairs.

I did see the ;-) but you know I had to answer. ;-)