If you just happen to be in Paris during October (as I will be) and a fan of Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, you’re in for a fashion treat.
It’s the sensational collection sale of one of the largest Haute Couture collections of the last quarter of the 20th century, which will be dispersed at Drouot Richelieu on October 14th, 2013, the first sale of several organized by Gros & Delettrez Auction House is comprised of about 350 stunning pieces.
Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain embodies far more than Yves Saint-Laurent’s beloved showroom model; she was his muse, his inspiration. The celebrated fashion designer even dared to pick ideas from her personal dress style to create some of his most iconic pieces, such as the first women’s tuxedo, the first transparent blouse, or the first ready-to-wear safari jacket.
“She came from Lyon; she had done very little fashion, and when I chose her, I realised that her body and her gestures were typical of today’s women. There they were: I didn’t have to teach her anything! On the contrary, she helped me eliminate any references and reminders that were out of fashion – the dust of haute couture.” – Yves Saint Laurent, LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE, 2 February 1969.
“One morning I arrived at the same time as Yves, wearing trousers and a man’s trench coat. When I went up to the studio after the presentation of the collection, he asked me to leave my outfit with him so that he could take inspiration from it.” – Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, propos recueillis par Alexandre Fiette
SO SAVE THE DATES if you are in Paris:
Preview: October 2-5, 2013. Showroom 12 Drouot, 12, rue Drouot – 75009 Paris.
Viewing at Hôtel Drouot : Saturday October 12th, from 11am to 6pm, and Monday October 14th, from 11am to 12am.
Auction at Hôtel Drouot: Monday October 14th, 2013