Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Let me tell you how I spent my day yesterday. It was in Montreal, at the Musée des Beaux Arts, having a religious experience at the stunning Yves Saint Laurent retrospective. Actually, I'm still at a loss for words, but what I will say is this: there is no comparison between seeing the clothes in photographs, on TV or in films, and actually viewing them up close. These pieces have a presence and a richness of detail that are simply not visible when viewed through an intervening medium. I am in awe of the virtuoso creativity of Yves Saint Laurent -- it is breathtaking to see how effortlessly he blended an instinct for beauty with a wildly unfettered imagination. The exhibit runs until September 28, so you have a few days left to catch it in Montreal before it heads off to San Francisco, where it'll be for a few months before heading back home to Paris.