The exhibition will be hosted at the museum from March 25 – July 8. The Denver Art Museum is the only venue in the US at which this show will be held, and it sounds pretty spectacular. As the name suggests, it’s a retrospective of YSL’s career from his early days at Dior in the 1950s up through his last show in 2002. The show was curated by Florence Müller and overseen by Pierre Bergé, who was YSL’s one-time romantic partner and life-long business partner.
Now here’s where it gets a littler strange. In what sounds a lot like one of the challenges on Project Runway, to fete the opening of the exhibition, eight PR alumni designed five looks each inspired by YSL for a runway show which will take place on March 30.
The former contestants include a few big names (by Project Runway standards at least). Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra are participating, both of whom are from Season 8 and both currently on Project Runway All Stars. The rest were names I didn’t recognize, which is bad because they’re all from the most recent season, Season 9. So either my memory is shot or they just weren’t that memorable. (I’m going with the former, because I completely forgot about Anya, too, and she was fairly memorable, and not only because she had a sex tape. ) They are: Rafael Cox, Danielle Everine, Cecilia Motwani, Becky Ross, Julie Tierney, and Fallene Wells.
It’s definitely a great opportunity for the former contestants, and having
Pierre Bergé as your Tim Gunn is an opportunity few designers get. We just heard from a Denver Art Museum rep that Pierre Bergé will likely miss the former PR contestants runway show and won’t be giving them any critique. Bummer for them, but still a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Click through to see some of the garments on display and images of the Paris version of the YSL retrospective.
Photos: © Sophie Carre / Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent