Historic Yves Saint Laurent Collection (1961 – 1980)

For those who don’t know, on 16th of May 2014,  the Metropolitan Museum of Arts released more than 400,000 photos of museum’s collection. Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art said, “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.”. So going through the collection of photographs released by the museum, recently I’ve discovered something really outstanding and interesting.

I think everyone knows Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (maybe not that long version of his name), a well known fashion designer whose name is on the most expensive clothes, accessories and perfumes captivating the fashion industry up to now. Although this blog has nothing about fashion design, however I found interesting the historic collection of this designer’s works, which I’ve acidentally discovered in the archives of Metropolitan Museum of Arts. The collection consists of various clothes, accessories and other fashion sundries from collections, which even reach back to the 1960s. It’s very interesting to see how fashion industry looked like in the post war years and what clothes were recognised as particularly fashionable.

1969

87.11.5a-c_CP3

1970

86.11.11a-b_CP4

1970 (left) | 1968 (right)

1989.375.31ac_F

1968

1997.244.2a

1980

2009.306a–d_F

1960

84.28.7a-b_CP1

1979

1986.328.14a–c_F

1982

1999.24.2_F

1971

2010.364_F

1965

DT2650

1983

DT8321

I encourage you to visit  Metropolitan Museum of Arts website where you’ll find much more collections of Yves Saint Laurent and other interesting things.