Join us for a revealing look at Saint Laurent and his cultural impact through the views of diverse speakers who each present a talk on an aspect of the designer's work.
Videos of Saint Laurent's 2002 retrospective runway will be played during the intermissions. Pierre Bergé will make opening remarks- de Young Museum
Pierre Berge is a French industrialist and patron. He is best known as the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House and lifelong partner of Fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent.
Hamish Bowles is a fashion journalist and contributing author to Yves Saint Laurent: Style.
He also is the European editor-at-large for American Vogue; author and co-author of several books, including Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People and Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon; and curator of the landmark exhibition Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years.
Farid Chenoune is a fashion historian and author of Yves Saint Laurent: Smoking Forever.
Chenoune is also an instructor at the Institute Francais de la mode and the Ecole nationale superioure des arts decoratifs. He is also the author of several books, including A History of Men's Fashion and Beneath It All: A Century of French Lingerie. Additionally, Chenoune is a contributor to French Vogue.
Jill D'Allesandro is the Associate curator of the costume and textiles department at the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
Florence Muller is a fashion historian and guest curator of Yves Saint Laurent. Muller is also a professor at the Institut Francais de la mode A Paris and fashion editor of Surface magazine.
Muller is also the curator of numerous exhibitions worldwide and co-author of Histoire du look, a series of documentaries covering centuries of fashion history.
(born Aug. 1, 1936, Oran, Alg.died June 1, 2008, Paris, France) Algerian-born French fashion designer. He left for Paris after secondary school to pursue a fashion career and at 17 was hired as Christian Dior's assistant. When Dior died four years later, he was named head of the House of Dior. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house and quickly emerged as one of the world's most influential designers. He popularized trousers for women for both city and country wear. Metallic and transparent fabrics were prominent in his late '60s collections; in the 1970s, inspired by ethnic costume, he introduced the haute peasant look. During the 1960s and '70s his enterprises expanded to include ready-to-wear licenses, accessories, household linens, fragrances, and men's clothes in addition to his couture business. He retired in 2002.