Yves Saint Laurent at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Imagine...A gala party at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where you wear one of 100 of your favorite Yves St. Laurent outfits and a glittering piece of jewelry from Bunny Mellon’s jewelry box, which is filled to the brim with over 100 exquisite baubles. For just one day, step into the world of haute couture at the event of the season, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. Drawn from a vast collection meticulously preserved by Pierre Bergé, business partner and lover of Yves Saint Laurent, this breathtaking exhibition offers an intimate and comprehensive look at the lifetime achievement of one of history’s most radical and influential fashion designers. Featuring 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments - some never shown publicly before - this exhibition reveals Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, as well as his working process, and the sources of his design inspiration. Through photographs, drawings, films, and video from the Fondation’s vast archive, we’ll follow his immersive process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized. We’ll journey from Saint Laurent’s first days at Dior in 1955, through his groundbreaking designs of the 1960s and 70s and the splendor of his last two decades of work before he retired in 2002.
Nothing complements haute-couture fashion better than the exquisite jewelry of Jean Schlumberger. Over the years, Schlumberger’s elegant yet whimsical designs for Tiffany & Co. attracted celebrity clients such as Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy and her close friend Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, features over 140 pieces inspired by Mrs. Mellon’s passions and crafted to her specifications.
Schlumberger also designed pieces which combined precious and semiprecious stones with enamel and gold inspired by Russian master Carl Fabergé. How fitting that the VMFA’s renowned collection of Faberge objects and eggs has just returned from an international tour. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them in new innovative and interactive galleries that will inform, engage and delight.
Lunch will be on your own in the museum café overlooking the reflecting pool and sculpture garden. Be sure to save time for the sensational gift shop, where you can choose between the finest one-of-kind jewelry, glass, ceramics, scarves, handbags, accessories, and home décor.
6:30 am - depart for Richmond with breakfast, films and stories about Yves and Bunny
9:30 am – Arrival at the VMFA
3:00 pm - Depart for home enjoying wine and snacks
6:00 pm - Arrival home
Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ $125.00