Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections
Withheld from release for nearly 20 years, this exquisitely crafted and moving documentary observes the last few years in the company of style icon Yves Saint Laurent.
Dir Olivier Meyrou
Prod Bénédicte Couvreur, Christophe Girard
UK Distribution MUBI
With English subtitles
In the late 1990s, director Olivier Meyrou spent several years filming behind the scenes at one of the most renowned Parisian haute couture houses, as Yves Saint Laurent was working on his final collection. He reveals the busy world of a fashion house, the seamstresses at work, the beautiful clothes and flamboyant catwalks. But what emerges most powerfully is the power dynamics between an ageing and reclusive Saint Laurent and an overbearing Pierre Bergé, the designer’s partner in business and life. Shot in 16mm, alternating between B&W and colour, and accompanied by François-Eudes Chanfrault’s boldly experimental sound design, this is a unique, beautifully textured and imaginative testament to the fashion visionary’s legacy. Could this have been the inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread?
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