The exhibition highlights the very special relation that the couturier developed with Lyon’s silk industry, local fabric and cloth manufacturers and suppliers over a period of forty years.

In this original exhibition, the whispering of muslin, the shimmering of patterned fabrics, the softness of velvet all come to life to illustrate forty years of close, dedicated collaboration at the service of creation.

Focusing on the period from 1962 to 2002, Yves Saint Laurent – Behind the scenes of haute couture in Lyon presents some of the couturier’s lesser known creations, several of which have never been shown before outside the catwalk.

Accessorised mannequins, fabric samples, original sketches, photographs and previously unseen archival documents alongside filmed interviews of Yves Saint Laurent’s collaborators and textile manufacturers... Through various media, the exhibition sets out to chart the couturier’s creative process in an original way.

Much more than a tribute to Yves Saint Laurent and all those working behind the scenes, the exhibition is also an ode to materials, technical skills and the centuries-old know-how of a whole region.

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