April 2010

The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé

The Vendome Press

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"The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé" is a simply gorgeous book which documents the interiors one of the world’s most innovative and celebrated fashion designers. Most know Yves Saint Laurent for his accomplishments as a Parisian couturier. However, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé were avid art collectors and very knowledgeable in the arena of art and interior decorating. For example, Saint Laurent boasted such notable artists as Mondrian, Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne and Goya in his extensive art holdings. His interests went well beyond painting, reaching to priceless objets d'art such as those by the Swiss designer Jean Dunand, including vases, statues, lamps, candlesticks, etc. When Saint Laurent’s works went on sale at Christie’s in February 2009, the first night brought in sales of $264 million according to the N.Y. Times. It is well documented that many of Saint Laurent’s well-known works were inspired by classic pieces of art.

Saint Laurent and Bergé had four properties in Paris including their office for YSL, along with homes in Deauville, France, and Tangier and Marrakech in Morocco. Each was more beautiful than the last and each was decorated befitting the traditions and style of the regions where the homes were located. For instance, Chateau Gabriel, the property in Deauville, has unique stained glass windows, and the Marrakech compound has incredible mosaic tiles around which the decorating has been done. This book gives a fabulous account of the inner sanctum of one of the truly great visionaries of the fashion world. One can almost see him walking the hallways or reading in his many libraries around the world.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member