The Legendary collection to be sold in five sales at Le Grand Palais 23-25/02/2009.
It is also the reflection of a whole era and its lifestyle. A lifestyle shaped by the creative intuition and talent of a few personalities such as Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.When Christian Dior died in 1957, one could read
in the newspapers the name of the great
couturier’s successor: ‘Yves Saint Laurent, 21’.
From that day, and for almost half a century,
encouraged and faithfully supported by Pierre
Bergé, the brilliant designer’s three initials, YSL,
became the symbol of French elegance throughout
Highly sought-after and acquainted with all those who set the ‘tone’ of the social, political and cultural life of Paris, they guarded their incredible collection of works of art, as if it were their secret garden. The dazzling nature of their collection is shaped by a single principle: each piece was purchased for the simple satisfaction of the two collectors looking for
exceptional pieces. t is very unlikely, almost impossible, that such a collection could be assembled today. None of the pieces was inherited. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé built it up over the course of 50 years. It is the result of their quest, their eye, their knowledge, their strong will and, above all, their pursuit of perfection.