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Yves Saint Laurent honoured in UK

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The late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is honoured in the UK with a exhibition of his personal creations taken from the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

He said: ”I know all the work of Saint Laurent. But yes, every time we have an exhibition there are pieces I hadn’t seen in a long time which I get to rediscover. I love that.

”You know Yves has created an enormous amount of items, he was extremely prolific.”

The collection includes classic pieces such as ‘Le Smoking’, the first tuxedo trouser suit created for women, and a dazzling pink silk dress and will be shown at the Bowes museum in County Durham, North East England.

He added: ”The location also clearly reflects Yves Saint Laurent’s and my own passion for inspiring, timeless places.

”It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French chateau, in the age of the Second Empire.”

The 84-year-old lifelong friend of the iconic designer recalled the time the couple met in the 60’s.

He told BBC News: ”I never wanted to be a businessman. When I met Yves Saint Laurent and he lost his position at Dior, he said, ‘Let’s start our own label, you and I.’ And that’s what we did.”

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