Thursday, 19 March 2009

Yves Saint Laurent is not 'glamour'? 18/03/09

What would Andy say?

Pierre Berge continues to ensure the name, positioning and image of the famous Algerian born Parisian couturier, the innovative and reclusive Yves Saint Laurent, is honoured and respected in death as it were revered in life. "To show the portraits of Yves Saint Laurent with personalities from the fashion world -- even if some of them have talent -- was unthinkable," he explained in a letter to the Le Monde daily last week, in reference to a major Andy Warhol exhibition in Paris of his trademark society portraits. But a famous image of Yves Saint Laurent will be missing after a dispute over whether the late couturier was an artist or a mere designer, according to an article today in

"To put Saint Laurent in the 'glamour' section would be to show disrespect for his oeuvre and to mix him up with the 'beautiful people,'" he wrote... a somewhat ironic statement from Pierre Berge given that the raison d'etre of the Maison of Yves Saint Laurent was to dress the 'beautiful people'. Pierre Berge has indeed the right to protect the identity, however with such a large exhibition and an homage to Andy Warhol, I wonder if the absence of this portrait is not allowing the many admirers of Saint Laurent to view him, as seen by Mr Warhol. One iconic artist's take on another...

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