Yves Saint Laurent
- ISBN 9780500517604
- 33.00 x 23.00 cm
- With 145 illustrations in colour and black and white
- First published 2014
‘A fine slice of fashion history, a peek at the looks and the personality that came to define couture in the last century’ – wallpaper.com
‘Dazzling … Roxanne Lowit’s intimate images show the maître at work from 1978 up to his final show in 2002, and all the fabulousness that surrounded him’– Evening Standard
‘Dazzling … [the photos are] perfectly complemented by the contributions by the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux and Lucie de la Falaise’– Red
‘YSL: The initials evoke allure and sophistication, and this brilliant illustrated portrait of the iconic designer has both’– Tatler
‘As one of Yves Saint Laurent’s inner circle, photographer Roxanne Lowit had unrivalled access’– The Sunday Times
Few couturiers were as influential as the great Yves Saint Laurent. He pioneered ‘le smoking’ and ready-to-wear. Drawing inspiration from diverse cultures and contexts, he was a master at telling new stories through his designs. He toyed with stereotypes and reframed the familiar – elevating streetwear, reimagining the peasant blouse as an item of luxury, reinventing traditionally male cuts for his modern woman. Some of his haute-couture collections won rave reviews, while others sparked controversy – but they never failed to stir conversation, inspire trends, and point to the future.
Saint Laurent’s path crossed with that of photographer Roxanne Lowit in 1978. He was unveiling his latest collection in Paris when she first ventured backstage, a newcomer who had just read the instruction manual for her new camera. Thus began a professional relationship – and mutual admiration – that would last for a quarter-century. She captured the behind-the-scenes dynamism at his shows. And when the Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled a retrospective of his work – the first time it had bestowed such an honour on a living designer – she was there to capture it all as his official photographer.
As Saint Laurent dressed le beau monde, Lowit photographed it. His work was luxe and louche, beautiful and brazen, and she captured his creations as they came to life on the glamorous people who wore his famed label. Through her unique lens, one shares stolen glances and gorgeous glimpses of what can be created by the hand and the eye of a master. Through her images, one experiences the vibrant, visual power of Yves Saint Laurent.
For nearly four decades, the lens of Roxanne Lowit has captured the faces, personalities and spaces of modern culture. Lowit has been a longtime mainstay in the American, Italian, French and German editions of Vogue, as well as in Vanity Fair, Tatler, GQ, W and numerous other publications. Her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Lowit’s previous books, Moments and People, are visual time capsules of international nightlife; Backstage Dior offers rare behind-the-scenes entrée into the legendary Parisian house. She lives in Manhattan.