Yves Saint Laurent and the Cinema
The costumes of Belle de Jour

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On the occasion of the Fête du Cinéma, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris will be exhibiting two costumes that Yves Saint Laurent designed for Catherine Deneuve to wear in Luis Buñuel's film Belle de Jour (1967). They will be presented in the couturier's Studio, from June, 29 to July, 8. 

The austere black dress with ivory satin cuffs and collar—now a cult classic—is a perfect example of Saint Laurent’s involvement in the film world. His cinematic collaborations often arose from a special affinity with a specific director or actress. This was the case with Deneuve, whom he met in 1966 when she was filming Belle de Jour.
The film’s protagonist Séverine Serizy, played by Deneuve, is at once fragile and seductive. The actress has said that “the character’s style really owes a lot to the image Saint Laurent created.”

Saint Laurent’s meeting and collaboration with Deneuve marked the beginning of an enduring friendship.

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