June 26, 2015



DS Brand’s precious setting opens its doors to an unprecedented exhbition of photos of the renowed designer Yves Saint Laurent

After visiting the world of jewelry with SWAROVSKI in March, the DS WORLD PARIS is welcoming, from June 11 an exhibition of photos featuring the most renowned French designer: Yves Saint Laurent.

A series of pictures never unveiled before, taken by photographer Pierre Boulat, and then by his daughter Alexandra Boulat, retraces the life and creative work of the renowned designer, from his beginnings at Dior to his final show at the Centre Pompidou. This exhibition immerse the visitor in the history of one of France’s leading fashion houses.

It is a great honour for the DS WORLD PARIS to welcome an exhibition organized by the prestigious Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, whose history is a byword for elegance and Parisian chic. Throughout the summer, the DS WORLD PARIS will be paying tribute to Mr. Saint Laurent through his avant-garde spirit and creative genius, values that are shared by the DS brand”, said Julien Faux, director of the DS WORLD PARIS.


36 exclusive photos of  Yves Saint Laurent

The work of Yves Saint Laurent encompasses many emblematic designs, including the three-quarter length coat, evening suit, trench coat and jumpsuit. The designer revolutionized fashion in the XXth century as part of his greatest project: the wardrobe of today’s woman.

The exhibition at the DS WORLD PARIS retraces almost 40 years of haute couture design and French know how, from the beginnings of Saint Laurent at Dior, his move to rue Spontini, and then to avenue Marceau, home to the house of Saint Laurent from 1974. This series of 36 photos takes us into the designer’s world. We are able to visit the workshops and watch the excitement behind the scenes at the major fashion shows that forged the success and renown of Saint Laurent all over the world. The exhibition shows the designer preparing his shows, adjusting a garment or quietly working on his own. It gives us a fleeting and discreet peek into the life of the most intriguing and mysterious of French fashion designers.


Seen through the eye of talented photographers Pierre and Alexandra Boulat

Pierre Boulat, photographer for US magazine “Life” was close to Yves Saint Laurent and was able to take pictures of the designer not only during the preparation of his shows but also in the intimacy of his Paris home. He shows us Yves Saint Laurent behind the scenes.

Pierre Bergé, who is particularly fond of this series of photographs, says: “The meeting with Pierre Boulat was a great event. He was with us virtually night and day. We realised that we were building up a memory together.”

Alexandra Boulat, freelance photoreporter and daughter of Pierre Boulat, followed in her father’s footsteps. Present during the run-up to the designer’s last show on 22 January 2002 in the studio at 5 avenue Marceau, she produced a moving eyewitness account of the last days of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house.

A free exhibition to discover from 11 June to 10 September 2015 at DS WORLD PARIS – 33 rue François 1er Paris 8e.