The Bowes Museum has grand opening for YSL exhibition

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Crowds gathered at The Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle, for the grand opening of its exclusive Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal exhibition last night.

The exhibition, which is in collaboration with the Foundation Pierre Berge - Yves Saint Laurent, is the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life.

Sir Mark Wrightson, Chairman of The Bowes Museum, Mr Pierre Berge, President of the Foundation Pierre Berge - Yves Saint Laurent and Mr Adrian Jenkins, Director of The Bowes Museum greeted guests with speeches before announcing the exhibition open with a perform from the Royal Northern Sinonia Wind Quintet.

The YSL show highlights the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.

Taking the idea of “fashion fades, style is eternal,” said by the man himself, the exhibition presents more than 50 garments including; some iconic pieces from the Russian Collection, the Mondrian dresses and the Tuxedo.

After a breath-taking display guests enjoyed glasses of champagne, as well as a buffet created by Richard Allen, executive head chef at Rockcliffe Hall before taking to the floor and dancing to Hot Chip’s DJ set.

Since the exbition is an exclusive to the North East, here’s a sneak peak at what’s on show...

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. July 11 - October 25. For more information visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk