yves saint laurent accessories* – £39.95
yves saint laurent accessories is one of those books that’s quite mysterious and charming from the get go. no imagery, just minimal. gold type, faux bois patterning and of course it’s all set on a majorelle-esque shade of blue. the pages are even edged with the same blue, so from the outside its this enigmatic blue book that’s just calling to be looked at.
and looking inside, you’re not going to be disappointed.
the book is separated into sections, marked by a spread of colour and a descriptor like ‘gold and corn’ as seen above. in each section is various accessories such as hats, bags, brooches, earrings and more, corresponding to these themes.
there are a lot of well known yves st laurent couture pieces (surely everyone knows the mondrian dress) but just as important are the accessories. you wont see much minimal in here. it’s all about the extravagant, the sumptuous, the unique. some outfits are adorned with jewellery and extras, and some are more simple, but they all stand out that bit extra due to these pieces.
i think this quote sums up his view on accessories perfectly:
‘One can never overstate the importance of accessories. They are what turns a dress into something else. I like dresses to be sober and accessories to be wild’ – Yves Saint Laurent
you really feel like you’re getting a proper ‘sneak peek’ with this book. looking at even a fraction of these acessiories is not something you’d ever be likely to do in person (the book actually takes its pieces from the confidential yves saint laurent foundation in paris), and as these accessories aren’t as well lauded as his couture pieces, it’s harder to find books that go into any detail, let alone anything as exclusive and immersive as this.
yves saint laurent accessories features specially commissioned photography of the accessories alongside other rare materials such as sketches, behind-the-scenes snapshots of models, catwalk photographs, and more. you’re getting something really special with this book.
book provided by phaidon for the purpose of this review. all opinions and photography (of the book, not of the imagery within) as always, my own.
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