Yves Saint Laurent honored in epic Paris exhibit

An exhaustive YSL retrospective is opening at the Petit Palais museum March 11.

Organized by Saint Laurent's long-term life and business partner Pierre Bergé, who says that "Chanel liberated the woman, but Yves Saint Laurent gave them power," the display traces the story of the designer's signature look that adapted masculine outfits, including suits, blazers and bold shoulders, for women.

Highlights include the iconic photo series by Jeanloup Sieff (which partially depicts Yves Saint Laurent naked), as well as a selection of French movie legend Catherine Deneuve's YSL outfits. And there will also be the less obvious fashion facts to explore, such as the designer's pioneer status in collections inspired by art: his range that drew from Mondrian's works was the beginning of what has today become commonplace.

More than 300 pieces of couture and prêt-à-porter are set against a historic backdrop, explained in drawings, films and photos, totalling 40 years of Saint Laurent's work, ranging from his beginnings at Dior and the famous Trapèze collection in the late 1950s through his late evening gowns for Yves Saint Laurent shortly before his death in 2008.

The exhibition runs through August 29. Tickets are €11.