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YSL: Style is Eternal

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If you have a little fashionista in you (like I do!) you are going to love what I discovered! The Bowes Museum in County Durham is currently exhibiting the work of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) in an exhibition called ‘Style is Eternal’.

YSL Style is Eternal

When I was browsing Ticketmaster recently, I noticed this exhibition in the listings and it took me back to my days at the London College of Fashion, where we would study fashion appreciation and learn about the great designers. I regularly log into Ticketmaster to see what is coming up – did you see my recent post about the Roxette concert?

The YSL installation is on display from now until 25th October 2015 and is a rare opportunity to see his work up close. This is the first exhibition of his work in the UK and judging by what I saw when I visited, it has been extremely popular.

cocktail dresses and evening gowns

There are three rooms at the museum dedicated to YSL and entrance to the exhibition is allowed in timed slots each hour on the hour – to help manage the numbers of people through the displays. My advice – get there either really early or really late in the day as I arrived for the 11am slot and both it and the 12pm slot were heaving! There are no guided tours as such, the time slots are just to manage numbers but within the exhibition are several points where video is played and visitors would sit and watch the video of the catwalk shows or an interview with YSL himself.

sketches and swatches

Amongst the parts where people are congregating, there are static displays too with clothing to look at and information to read, but it can take some time to get to everything. I found myself waiting for others to clear the area before I could get in to see a particular exhibit several times, so be patient, wear comfy shoes and allow yourself the time to be able to immerse yourself in the beauty of his clothing and admire how he changed fashion.

masculine tailoring

I personally love YSL as he created clothes that gave women confidence. Borrowing from male codes of dress, he designed clothing to empower women whilst preserving their femininity. My favourite quote from the exhibition was

“Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body.
The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves.
But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there.”

nothing is more beautiful quote

YSL was an artist, a visionary who lived from 1936-2008 but through exhibitions like this his work lives on. If you love fashion or are interested in design or creation, this exhibition is a must see.

evening gown with pineapple motif

YSL: Style is Eternal is on display until 25th October 2015 at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP. Call 01833 690606 or visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk. Tickets are on sale here and cost £13.75 (£12.50 adult ticket plus £1.25 booking fee).

YSL hero shot

Thank you to The Bowes Museum who arranged complimentary access for me to visit the museum and write this post. All opinions are my own.

Comments to YSL: Style is Eternal

  • I’ve never really been into fashion but I used to love watching my big sister design clothes at school. I always find the behind the scenes a lot more interesting than the finished article x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 28th August 2015 12:49 pm Reply
    • Yes, the behind the scenes is the fun bit!! There was a great interview with YSL at the exhibition giving some insight into his creativity.

      Nadine Hill 28th August 2015 6:40 pm Reply
  • What an interesting sounding exhibit for style lovers! x

    Sarah Bailey 28th August 2015 3:34 pm Reply
  • What a fantastic exhibition, would love to see it! We saw a fashion through the ages exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam recently, that was good too! 🙂

    Emma 28th August 2015 4:35 pm Reply
    • How lovely – I think I would enjoy that exhibition too!

      Nadine Hill 28th August 2015 6:39 pm Reply
  • What a fab exhibition! I have a feeling this may be something Liv is onto as she grows older, she is so artistic!

    Andrea 28th August 2015 4:50 pm Reply
    • It really was something special.

      Nadine Hill 28th August 2015 6:38 pm Reply
  • That looks like something my daughter would LOVE and Bowes museum isn’t too far from us – thanks for sharing x x

    cass 28th August 2015 8:00 pm Reply
  • I can see why this exhibit is so popular. I would love to watch the interview. Hope you had a great day x

    Mary Louise 28th August 2015 10:08 pm Reply
    • It was so nice to lose myself in fashion for an hour. I just wish it was a bit less crowded, but I guess there are a lot of YSL fans out there!

      Nadine Hill 30th August 2015 5:15 pm Reply
  • This looks like a really interesting exhibition. The pieces in your photos are beautiful. I especially like the white dress.

    Mums do travel 29th August 2015 11:59 am Reply
    • It was so nice to have the opportunity to see his work up close.

      Nadine Hill 30th August 2015 5:14 pm Reply
  • That looks fun – the pineapple dress woud ammuse my kids too 😉

    Kate Williams 29th August 2015 1:15 pm Reply
  • I love that quote so much

    Gemma 29th August 2015 3:02 pm Reply
    • Yes, me too:-)

      Nadine Hill 30th August 2015 5:13 pm Reply
  • Such a shame it is so far away. I love the quote and the clothes are stunning

    Kara 30th August 2015 8:32 am Reply
  • The whole exhibition looks absolutely fascinating, so many beautiful items x

    Rachel 30th August 2015 3:06 pm Reply
  • I’m not very stylish I’m afraid, but the exhibition looks great. x

    Emma 31st August 2015 5:13 pm Reply
  • Oh wow this sounds amazing Nadine, what a wonderful exhibition. If only it were a little closer to me. There is something timeless about YSL, love that colour block dress at the top although it would look awful on me! x

    Charly Dove 31st August 2015 7:41 pm Reply
  • I love seeing how fashion has changed over the years, this sounds like a great exhibition.

    Rachel 1st September 2015 6:38 am Reply
    • I like to see fashion evolve too. Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 1st September 2015 6:25 pm Reply
  • i wouldnt say im in to my fashion , i know what i like and i dont but this looks a great colourful exhibition

    lisa prince 2nd September 2015 11:15 am Reply

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