Today was an early morning for the Harkins Clan,
We all have a busy schedule and fitting in time for a nice day out is a hard thing to do, But this morning we all decided that we would push some time to go to the Yves Saint Laurent show at the Bowes museum. Not too far from where we live but still too far to travel by bus and be back home in time for work. I have always loved car journeys they remind me of the times when we would pack the car up early on a Friday morning, and drive away for a lovely weekend in the Lake District. By the time we had gotten half way I didn’t want to turn back thinking of work that afternoon. The Bowes Museum is located next to Bernard Castle in County Durham its actually rather close to the Yorkshire Dales. When we pulled up to the Museum, it was as if we were pulling up to Downton Abbey with the pebbled pathway and majestic fountain, the stately home looming over the gardens below. It has a history worth hearing, a sad tale but without the Earl and his wife it wouldn’t be here today. Today we are focusing on the fashion of YSL, an icon of the 60’s with Laurent’s colour blocking dressing being featured upon the icons of the age and also covering the front covers of fashion magazines around the globe. The room we entered was dark screen in front picturing catwalks throughout the many years of the designers career, the screen was projected onto a black sheer fabric a like some of the other iconic pieces created by the designer, a display with in the exhibition talked more upon his interested of working with sheer fabric creating layers, vales and other fabrics. The whole room was masked in these sheer fabrics cascading from the ceiling, all printed with sketched and quotes from himself. After some time reading these we moved onto the first room which held the couture collections from over the years, I was mainly inspired by a highly embodied blazer (pictured somewhere below) hanging from the shoulders of the mannequin it showed how much time and effort must have gone through to perfect every stage of its creation step of this item. Here are some pictures from the first two rooms…
I’m trying to blabber less in my posts and get more visual so I shall just briefly cover this next section, the final room had four glass long boxes which held museum owed fashion garments from throughout the ages, it had nothing to do with the YSL exhibition but was an interesting read over the history of fashion and was a nice little look over whist waiting for the crowds to move away from the various segments. Upon entering the room there was a video playing on a screen with an array of hats strutting out from the wall, as what my sister described them as Audrey Hepburn hats, and for once I had to agree with her. On a table in front of the screen was a paper doll set, bringing back many a memory for my Mother who loved playing with these when she was young, the set of course was a limited edition YSL one. I shall have to find a replica of one somewhere for her Christmas present seeing the joy on her face when she saw it made my day, however there was an interactive screen for where you could dress the dolls not touch the set the actual set which was well encased the glass. The screen which I mentioned before was playing over and over videos of Yves sketching drawings as the feature of this room was the designing process. This was followed in the next section, showing the process of creating the garments themselves, there was some beautifully amazing dresses places around the white room in the middle some ‘half finished’ garments, helping show the visitor how these where created, there was also three pieces of fabric upon a table, a step by step guide of how much effort went into creating the patterns on some of the items around us. I also liked the box of golden buttons. The final section was a dark unlit section featuring a film from which I am unsure of the name of, the section we had time to watch before I had to run off to work was a close friend of the designer who was talking about the way he would work / draw, like the video I had just watched at the beginning of the room, he talked with such depth about the late designer and how much he inspired him “he wouldn’t take much time to draw, in fact when he was done I don’t even think he would know what he created! yet it was iconic in each pencil line”
There we have it, Yves Saint Laurent was an inspirational designer to the historical fashion of the world! His passing is sad but his legacy lives on. If you have time I would go and visit this exhibition, I was inspired to write a piece on his work as a part of my University project and was happily exhausted when I got home from work.
Thanks for reading xo