Trip to VMFA Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hommage to Piet Mondrian, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936–2008), cocktail dress © Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo Alexandre Guirkinger

The energetic sights and sounds of the fashion runway come to the VMFA with Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. Drawn from the archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent and other private collections, this exhibition offers an intimate and comprehensive look at the lifetime achievement of Yves Saint Laurent, one of history’s most radical and influential fashion designers. Featuring 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments — some never shown publicly before—this exhibition reveals Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, his working process, and the sources of his inspiration. VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition.

In addition to haute couture ensembles and ready-to-wear clothing, the exhibition also includes accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and video. The exhibition traces the trajectory of Saint Laurent’s style as it developed over the course of his career, beginning in 1953 with the “Paper Doll Couture House” that he created as a teenager. Ensembles early in the exhibition focus on his formative years at the House of Dior, including an example of a short evening dress from his successful “Trapeze” collection, which marked his debut as a fashion designer when it was shown in Paris in 1958.

 Departure: Bus departs at 8:00 am from Garfield Street in front of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
2815 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC. Free parking at St. Sophia.
 Return: Depart museum at 3:00 pm. Arrive back at St. Sophia at approximately 5:00 pm.
 Accessibility: The bus and museum are accessible.
 Visit: In addition to the Saint Laurent Exhibit, there are other exhibits of interest — A Commitment to the Community:  the Black Photographers Annual, Woodcut Prints of Mountain Scenes in Japan by Kawase Hasui, and the Collection of Jean Schlumberger Jewelry.
 Food & Drink: Group lunch in the Marble Hall for $25 or eat in museum restaturants on your own.
 Cost: $60 per person with lunch on your own.
$85 per person ($60 plus $25 for lunch) with group lunch in Marble Hall.
 Minimum: We need 40 to 45 people to attend the event.
We need 20 people for the group lunch.
Deadline: Noon on Friday, April 28, 2017
QUESTIONS? Phone Trip Coordinator Alice Weinstein at 301-654-4852.