In a series of curated launches, the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent will begin opening the late designer’s archives, in digital form, beginning Monday. The first exhibition (of sorts) will feature dress designs, in paper doll form, from the very early part of Saint Laurent’s decades-long career.
The opening of the online archive, which contains thousands of designs, illustrations, and other visual ephemera, is partly made possible by the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Paper Dolls will feature illustrations of some of Saint Laurent’s designs from 1953 and 1954. At the time, he had created a selection of looks in the form of paper dolls, to go with a broader wardrobe (some 400 styles in all) of potential garments.
The overall goal of making the online archive public is to document Saint Laurent’s deep significance in changing how women dressed throughout the second half of the Twentieth century. We can’t wait until the Fondation gets to le smoking and the safari jacket.