An iconic black and white portrait from London’s Swinging Sixties shows the-then audacious young French designer, Yves Saint Laurent, and his equally boho-luxe muse, Betty Catroux (right), by Fenwick’s flagship Bond Street store writes Hilary Alexander.
Image Getty: Yves Saint Laurent at the Rive Gauche store opening with models Loulou de la Falaise (left) and Betty Catroux (right)
Both wear Saint Laurent’s much-imitated “safari chic”, in a shot which heralded the launch of the designer’s historic Rive Gauche ready-to-wear store opposite Fenwick Bond Street in the UK, in 1969. It was by chance that the photographer captured the Fenwick name in the backdrop, and yet few could have predicted that nearly half a century later the department store would be joining forces this year with The Bowes Museum in County Durham to sponsor an exhibition devoted to one of the most legendary designers of the 20th century.
The impressive Bowes Museum in County Durham
“Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal” is the first-ever exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the designer’s work and life, being organised in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, and will run from July 11th to October 25th, 2015.
The ‘entente cordiale’ between the Fenwick group of stores and The Bowes Museum runs deep, as does their shared passion for French fashion, both being founded in the North of England during the latter part of the 19th century, around the time Charles Worth, from Bourne, in Lincolnshire, was laying the foundations of haute couture in Paris.