Women’s emancipation through transparent fabrics
In the 20th century, fashion is for the woman, a means of expression and emancipation formidable. From Yves Saint-Laurent to Coco Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa, all advocated female emancipation through transparent fabrics.
An exhibition in honor of transparency
If there is a fashion event that should not be missed in 2023, it is without context the exhibition “Yves Saint-Laurent : transparency” in collaboration with the museum of lace in Calais. This double exhibition will take place at the mythical Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais from June 24 to November 12, 2023, and will be on display at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in the capital in early 2024.
The exhibition honors the expertise of the French couturier and how he was able to overturn the codes of feminine unveiling. For the occasion, the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is lending sixty models as well as photographs, accessories, videos and more, which highlight the way in which this genius designer was able to propose the figure of a new, powerful and sensual woman through transparency.
This unique collaboration will allow the viewer to rediscover the singular universe of Yves Saint-Laurent.
The challenges of female emancipation
The liberation of the body is a step towards female emancipation. For various reasons, women have rejected the clothes of yesteryear such as the corset or the skirt, which have too long been a symbol of submission. By affirming what they wear, they affirm themselves. The creators of the XXth century have largely understood the stakes of this fight to enlighten the consciences.
Coco Chanel is the symbol of feminism in the 30s, she launched the fashion of the suit and pants. Free of their movements, women are relieved and can work. At the end of the 60s, the suit became mixed.
Women now assume their body and reveal more and more. The mini skirt and bikini complete this revolution and generalize the fact of revealing his body. Azzedine Alaïa veils and reveals the body by subtle games of cuts and fabrics, Yves Saint-Laurent reveals a back cleavage all in transparency and Jeanne Lanvin, icon of the roaring twenties, plays with the contrasts of opacity and transparency.
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