Second conference on the Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies exhibition
Veiling, revealing the body: the transparencies of Yves Saint Laurent

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At the heart of the Transparences exhibition is Yves Saint Laurent's singular approach, which, from the mid-1960s onwards, involved a paradoxical unveiling of the body in his work as a couturier. The nudity of his models reveals a social and cultural context in the throes of change. With the aim of grasping the originality of his vision and the manifest significance of these subversive and iconic silhouettes, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris has invited Dominique Deroche, former director of the press department at Yves Saint Laurent from 1996 to 2004, and Sarah Banon, a doctoral student in Political Science at Paris 8 and professor at the Institut Français de la Mode, to place this creative initiative in the history of fashion and mores. The meeting will be moderated by fashion historian Emilie Hammen.

Emilie Hammen has a doctorate in art history from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and is a professor of fashion history and theory at the Institut Français de la Mode. From September 2023, Emilie Hammen will hold the Junior Professorship at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Her research aims to place fashion within the history of ideas by examining the development and writing of its history from the nineteenth century onwards, as well as its relationship with art.

Sarah Banon is a doctoral student in Political Science at Paris 8 and a professor at the Institut Français de la Mode. Sarah Banon is a doctoral student in political science at Paris 8 - Vincennes Saint Denis. Her research is working towards a potential reconciliation between fashion and feminism, by jointly studying discourses on female sexual liberation in the fashion press and the feminist press from the 1960s to the 1980s, in France and the United States.

Dominique Deroche joined Yves Saint Laurent in 1966 as an assistant to Gabrielle Busschaert, who was in charge of the press department. Dominique Deroche was director of the press department from 1996 until 2001. In 2004, when the fashion house was transformed into a foundation at the initiative of Pierre Bergé, she continued to contribute to the promotion of Yves Saint Laurent's creations.