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    Sale 2062

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    16 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 276

    RENE GRUAU (1909-2004)

    ILLUSTRATION OF YVES SAINT-LAURENT WOMAN'S SUIT FOR MADAME FIGARO, 1987

    Price Realised  

    RENE GRUAU (1909-2004)
    Illustration of Yves Saint-Laurent Woman's Suit for Madame Figaro, 1987
    indian ink and watercolor on paper
    20 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. (51 x 39 cm.)
    signed


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    Sold with certificate of authenticity signed by Gruau.

    Yves Saint Laurent's 'Smoking', or evening suit for women, was one of the great fashion landmarks of the last century, the shrewd expression by an extraordinarily intuitive designer of a major sea-change in the way women wished to dress. This ink and wash drawing perfectly captures the mood of this look, as radical in its day as the 'New Look' with which Saint Laurent's mentor Christian Dior had revived Paris couture in 1947.