Runway Archive: Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Retrospective, 2002
26 January, 2018
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Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Fashion Show, January 2002. Photo Etienne Tordoir, Courtesy Catwalkpictures, All Rights Reserved

The image documents one of the looks that composed the retrospective haute couture runway designer Yves Saint Laurent organised at the Centre Pompidou in January 2002. Here, model Claudia Schiffer wears the laced-up saharienne, a model YSL designed in 1968. She is re-enacting the infamous image in which model Verushka poses wearing the same outfit more than 30 years before.

The designer decided to send down the runway some of the most iconic pieces he created during his long career: the Mondrian dress from 1966; the big green fur and the so-called 'dress with naked back’ from the famous liberation collection from 1971. It was a sensational show, which Vogue’s Stephen Tods defined it as 'a career summation without comparison—a tour through 40 years of fashion that distilled the essence of a legend.’ 

Check out all the other looks of the show on Europeana Fashion.