YSL + Halston: Color

Color

Yves Saint Laurent Dress (Image via FIT) 

Yves Saint Laurent Dress (Image via FIT

Yves Saint Laurent is remembered as the great colorist of his time. He was drawn to bold, reddish hues, as was Halston. Saint Laurent often employed a vibrant fuchsia that was reminiscent of Elsa Schiaparelli’s “Shocking Pink,” while Halston was fond of a shade of brilliant red that he brought to everything from gowns to carpeting.

In the garments seen here, both designers have used their signature hues. The color-blocked arrangement of Saint Laurent’s evening gown references the work of fine artist Piet Mondrian. Halston uses red to evoke the sumptuous elegance of the flower for which he named his “American Beauty Rose” gown. 

-The Museum at FIT

  1. Halston Red and white evening dress, polyester, circa 1975, New York
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Off-white and fuchsia evening dress, silk crepe, sequins, and glass beading, 1965, Paris
  3. Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black and white pantsuit, wool gabardine, 1980, France, Black hat, fur felt, 1987, France
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia and black evening dress, silk satin, 1979, Paris
  5. Halston Red and black evening ensemble, silk organza and crepe, 1981, New York
  6. Halston "American Beauty Rose" red evening dress, silk organza, 1980, New York