The Flowers of Yves Saint Laurent


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The marriage between flowers and fashion has never been more pronounced than when seen in the work of Yves Saint Laurent. This retrospective examines Yves Saint Laurent’s use of flowers from their symbolism to their fruition on the runway.

Flowers in every form inspired fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, serving as a leitmotif in his work. His passion for plants manifested itself in countless patterns and techniques, and he adorned women in floral appliqués, prints, and embroideries. From a thousand and one rose buds to sprigs of lily of the valley, from an avalanche of bougainvillea to delicate poppy touches, and from sheaves of wheat to majestic lilies, nature was an essential part of his visual palette.

Through the discerning eyes of Olivier Saillard, this veritable garden of Yves Saint Laurent’s designs-culled from a broad range of styles-metamorphoses into a bouquet of flowering silhouettes. Under the direction of Elsa Janssen and Alexis Sornin, essays from Emanuele Coccia, Marc Jeanson, and Serena Bucalo Mussely explore, respectively, the symbolism of flowers, characteristics of his recurring prints, and the designer’s signature use of flora in accessories.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22 x 28 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 14 May 2024
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Madison Cox, Edited by Elsa Janssen and Alexis Sornin
Dimensions 22 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Olivier Saillard, director of the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa and former director of the Palais Galliera, is a fashion historian, curator, and author.

Emanuele Coccia, philosopher, university lecturer, and author of The Life of Plants, specializes in the relationship between visual theory and the nature of life.

Botanist Marc Jeanson is former director of the museum of natural history in Paris and former botany director of the Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh.

Serena Bucalo Mussely, chief curator and art historian, is head of collections at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.