The Scandal Collection

On January 29, 1971, Yves Saint Laurent presented his “Libération” or “Quarante” collection inspired by 1940s wartime fashion. The couturier was inspired by Paloma Picasso, who dressed in fleamarket finds.

The short dresses, platform shoes, padded shoulders, and heavy makeup evoking Paris during the Occupation caused a scandal. The collection, which was severely criticized by the press, gave full sway to the retro trend that quickly ended up conquering popular fashion.


© INA, Mode : Yves Saint Laurent, RTF / ORTF, 05/02/1971