On the Block: Fashion Inspiration


Designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, shared more than a love for haute couture. During their almost 50 years together, the two men amassed more than 700 works of art including old master and modern paintings, objets d’art, and furnishings. Their entire collection, valued between $280 million and $430 million, will be sold as part of Christie’s Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection, a series of five sales from February 23 to 25 inside Paris’ Grand Palais. Bergé and Laurent, who cofounded the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in 1961, took some obvious inspiration from their art when designing fashion throughout the decades. Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black (1922), for example, served as the muse for Laurent’s fall 1965 Mondrian shift dress, a signature piece.

When Laurent died in June 2008, he bequeathed his half of the collection to Bergé under the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. The proceeds of the sale will go to Bergé’s newly formed foundation dedicated to scientific research and the fight against AIDS. Other highlights of the sale include about 20 pieces of furniture from Jean-Michel Frank (in straw marquetry, parchment, ivory, oak, and quartz, estimated between $75,000 and $600,000), Picasso’s Instruments de Musique sur un guéridon (1914), and Gustave Miklos’ Paire de banquettes, vers 1920-1922, shown.


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