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Iconic Fashion Exhibitions 2012 – Christian Louboutin & Yves Saint Laurent

Iconic Fashion Exhibitions 2012 – Christian Louboutin & Yves Saint Laurent

Christian Louboutin at FashionBiteIt seems to be the year of fashion exhibitions; I visited The Fashion & Textile Museum, London, last week to review ‘From Catwalk to Cover – A Front Row Seat’ (read my post HERE.)

I also revealed images and details of the much anticipated Louis Vuitton exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which is due to open in March (and I’ll be visiting in June) – check out my post HERE.

But to add to the list, The Design Museum, London, is launching an exhibition showcasing the work and career of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin and The Denver Art Museum, Colorado, is hosting the internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective’…phew!


Christian_Louboutin Escandria Silk Satin Ruffle Detail Pump, FashionBiteThe Design Museum said: “This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin’s shoes are the epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.”

Drawing from Louboutin’s personal archive, the exhibition will showcase a range of his designs; referencing the origins of the iconic red sole through to the latest Louboutin collections, including a range for men and his handbags.

The exhibition will also focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his innovative ideas, forms and materials.

There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish,’ an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage Paris in 2007; a collaboration of photography between Louboutin and artist David Lynch.

The exhibition is due to open on March 28th, for more info visit

Image Credit: Photographer Phillippe Garcia. Images taken from ‘Christian Louboutin’, published by Rizzoli.


Yves Saint Laurent, FashionBiteThe Denver Art Museum, Colorado, is due to host the internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective,’ which will open on March 25. It is a retrospective of the designer’s forty years of creativity and features a selection of 200 haute couture outfits, along with numerous photographs, drawings and films which illustrate the development of Saint Laurent’s style and the historical foundations of his work.

The exhibition explores Yves Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through to the splendour of his final runway collection in 2002. Highlights include the ‘Yves Saint Laurent and Women’ section, which will display clothing worn by his supporters including Princess Grace of Monaco, Catherine Deneuve and Paloma Picasso.

The Denver Art Museum said: “During his 40 years of designing, Saint Laurent (1936-2008) revolutionised the female wardrobe by borrowing the tuxedo, the trouser suit, shorts and the safari jacket from men’s clothing, transferring these symbols of power from one gender to the other. He empowered women with this new form of clothing, turning traditional menswear into haute couture.” For more info, visit

Yves Saint Laurent Image Credits:

Short cocktail dress, Tribute to Piet Mondrian, Haute couture collection, Fall-Winter 1965. Ecru wool jersey, encrusted with black, red, yellow and blue.

Short evening ensemble, Tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, Haute couture collection, Spring-Summer 1988. Jacket embroidered with sequins and pearls; green crepe blouse; purple crepe skirt.

Tuxedo with pants, Haute couture collection, Fall-Winter 1966. Black barathea and satin silk, white organdy blouse. Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent, Paris / Photo A. Guirkinger

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Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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