In a few days time in Paris there will be an auction, held at Christie’s, of more than 330 pieces from the wardrobe of Catherine Deneuve, dressed exclusively by Yves Saint Laurent.
This sale is more than just an auction, it is an event that unites so many aspects of French living and design. Catherine Deneuve is maybe France’s best loved and most well known actress. Beautiful, independent and still acting today, she has always held a fascination. Yves Saint Laurent took Paris by storm when he first became the creative director at Dior and then founded his own fashion house, which today is still known and respected worldwide.
Deneuve first met Saint Laurent when the age of 22 she needed a dress to meet the Queen of England. As one does. She knocked at the door of the young Yves Saint Laurent’s couture house, and from that day on was dressed by nobody else. She was his muse, his ambassador, his inspiration and most certainly his dear friend.
There were some eyebrows raised when the news of the sale became public. Deneuve has recently sold her chateau in Normandy where the wardrobe was stored. She is therefore selling for a question of storage space. This makes sense. Some though she’d do better to donate the wardrobe to the YSL museums in Paris or Marrakech.
No matter our opinion on that, the fact remains that on the 24th January people around the world will have an opportunity to acquire a beautiful dress, handbag or piece of jewellery. Click HERE to see the full catalogue, which is an enjoyable read because they show the clothes worn by Deneuve as well as the fine detailing.
These pictures are some of my favourite pieces, but if you click HERE you can pick out your own. And just for fun, I am sharing this video of Deneuve, shot as an ad for YSL cosmetics. It is very French, a beautiful video.
And in case you want a little beautifully-dressed-Deneuve-overdose then I suggest you watch or rewatch the film Indochine, for which her entire stage wardrobe was designed by Saint Laurent. A masterpiece.
Catherine Deneuve & Yves Saint Laurent
Christies, 9 ave Matignon, Paris , 24th January at 2.30pm
Viewing from 19-24th January,