Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971



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Olivier Saillard, Dominique Veillon


On January 21, 1971, couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer haute couture collection. Inspired by the garments of the war years, the collection included short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, and exaggerated makeup. The show caused an outrage among the public, the critics, and the press alike, earning it the title of “Paris’s ugliest collection.” Nevertheless, the haute couture designs of the runway made their way to the boulevards, giving full sway to the “retro” trend that quickly conquered the streets.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971 offers a behind-the-scenes look at the influential collection that “drew fire in the fashion world” – from the collection’s inspiration to the press coverage that followed. Beautifully illustrated and documented with well-researched essays, this book is enriched with personal interviews and archival photographs of the show, the models, the designs, and the textile and print samples, as well as sketches and international press clippings.

Additional information

Weight 1042 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 28.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 March 2017
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.5 x 28.2 cm
Weight 1042 g


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Olivier Saillard is the director of the Palais Galliera, Museum of Fashion, and the curator of the Yves Saint Laurent 1971: The Scandal Collection exhibition.

Dominique Veillon is a historian.

Pierre Bergé is president of the Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.