Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tribute to Saint Laurent

These are some photographs of my final pieces from my A-level coursework, I didn't get enough good photographs the first time so I had to retake them, so I asked Eliza to model for me again. The first set of photographs are here.

The general theme which we all had to link to was 'express yourself', and within that we chose our own more specific theme which would adequately 'express ourselves' - I chose to base my theme around the work and inspirations of the French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, mainly because of his particularly strong ties with the pop art movement of the 1960s.

Of all my art projects, I think I enjoyed this one most, especially in the early research stages, because I learnt so much about Yves Saint Laurent as a designer which I never knew before. It was also an excuse to buy a big book all about him and his life, watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' the film and visit the 'Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Fondation'  in Paris - (here). I learnt all about his inspirations; from the places he lived and worked, his love of art and the pop-art movement to the influential women in his life, such as Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise.

Printed A-line skirt - This piece was inspired by the dress dedicated to Tom Wesselmann from the 1966 collection, I saw similarities between the figure on the dress and the five figures from Matisse's 'La Danse (1)'. So I transcribed the painting and made a print of two of the figures and incorporated them on the denim skirt I had made.

Coloured PVC top - This was inspired by his Mondrian dresses (1965), however I didn't want my piece to directly copy how he had originally interpreted the art, so I used a more modern material and different style.

White lace cape/top and the printed white dress - Rather than inspired by the art which influenced YSL's work, these pieces were simply a small tribute to the city where he spent most of his working life, Paris - the quintessential Parisian architecture, as well as small details like lace curtains featured on many of my observational photographs.

I took the photographs in this way so that I could superimpose several images together on Photoshop, to link back to the Matisse painting which I transcribed ('La Danse [1]'), you can sort of get an idea from the GIF displayed at the top - I didn't actually make the GIF, it was made on google+.