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While fashion is obviously art, it is not often that it is recognized as such. But that wasn’t the case at all in Paris recently when six museums across the City of Light devoted
exhibit space to Yves Saint Laurent. Celebrating 60 years since the iconic designer’s first show, the designer’s works took over space at the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art, Picasso Museum and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Each museum focused on a different theme, underlining the fact that the designer is one of France’s great artists. The exhibits celebrated Saint Laurent’s use of traditional artists as inspiration for his fashion, from Mondrian to Picasso, Matisse and Warhol.
     Rather than copy their works of art onto fabric, the designer used them as inspiration, and paid them homage in his creations, which was highlighted throughout the series of exhibitions, juxtaposing fashion with works from the museums’ permanent collection.
Coordinating such a large exhibit between the six museums was a first in Paris, but was surprisingly easy, organizers say, as each institution was eager to help trace the path of one of the most influential designers whose creations transcend fashion into true works of art. |43

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