Upon my arrival in Paris, I made it with just days to spare to the "Mondrian Revolution" exhibit at Musée Yves Saint Laurent. Not only were the original dresses on display, but also tons of sketches, portraits, and copies of the geometric dress in pop culture over the last several decades.
Here’s the exhibition’s official description from the museum website:
For its new display, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will devote a considerable part of its exhibition space to the autumn-winter 1965 collection and examine its legacy beyond the history of fashion. “Revolutionary” was how the press described this collection, which drew attention for its modern, avant-garde style.
These dresses would subsequently alter the connection between fashion and art by transforming a painting into an animate work of art. By asserting his desire to confront the principal artists of modernism, Yves Saint Laurent helped to popularize the Dutch painter, who was not widely known at the time. The Mondrian dresses were so successful that they were heavily copied, especially in the United States. These iconic dresses have now become a part of popular culture and have been reinterpreted by contemporary artists, some of whose works, for instance those of Nicolas Saint Grégoire, will be exhibited as part of the display.
And while this display was simply stunning, I was more obsessed with his design studio upstairs. And this space was definitely was #goals before there were #goals. Saint Laurent spent approximately thirty years designing collections here, from 1974 to 2002.
However, apparently I stepped over an imaginary/invisible line too close to the exhibit and a soft (you could even describe it as “polite”) alarm went off. The security guard and other tourists in the room just giggled.
And any museum-goer/lover knows that no trip to a museum is complete without a stop at the gift shop. This time, I went to the *real* gift shop—the one around the corner on Avenue Montagne.