Thursday, November 13, 2014

Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent

  Book Cover Courtesy Thames and Hudson
All additional images ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.
Forward by Pierre Berge'

The new release by Thames and Hudson of Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent tells the story of this iconic fashion designer, through the magical images of Miss Roxanne Lowit's innovative photography. She had a cherished quarter of a  century friendship with Saint Laurent. They met, along with Andy Warhol in 1978 atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 

Lowit was the first to photograph from behind the runway and capture the oh so  stunning backstage scenes of his couture collections and did so until the presentation of his very last collection in 2002.

YSL Opium Perfume Party 1978, Alya Chin

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled a retrospective of his work; honoring for the very first time a living designer, Roxanne recorded it through her lens as Saint Laurent's official photographer.

Vogue Paris 88' copy 1988, Catherine Deneuve

This fabulous book of high couture fashion includes contributions by Catherine Deneuve, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, Lucie de la Falaise and more.

Models_head_scarves Ready-to wear Spring 1981. Truly works of art!

YSL New York, 1983

Lowit seemed to appear out of nowhere, surprising  Saint Laurent, and presenting him with this cardboard replica of The Empire State Building as he was getting ready to board a flight to New York City in 1983 to present his collection for the first time in America.

1993_New Haute couture Spring 1993, Shalom Harlow

This luxe book is filled with glorious images of Saint Laurent's chic fashion designs, many being his mystical visions of the exotic and of color filled palettes. He was a master at imparting an intriguing, vibrant story through every new collection.

'85 Haute Couture Fall 1985 

Pink Ruffles Haute Couture Paris Spring 1993, Sonia Cole

Comment after comment reveals the charm of Saint Laurent. He was a quiet, gentle, fun-loving man. During the preparations for his fashion shows he always took the time to put jewels and accessories on his models; making last minute adjustments before sending them down the runway!

The most famous, glamorous and celebrities around the world who wore his designs felt a close affinity to this man, unlike no other, as he personally designed  their ensembles. His influence will be felt forever in the world of Haute Couture.

Jerry Hall, 1995 

Thames and Hudson provided me with the publicity copy of Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent. You can purchase this fabulously photographed and wonderfully enlightening book  about this master of creations for your fashion design library at Amazon or your local book seller.

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Mark Ruffner said...

It would be interesting to know what and who inspired YSL, and I am hoping Roxanne Lowit's book will reveal that.

Karena Albert said...

Yves was very much inspired by his travels all over the world, Mark! xoxo Karena

helen tilston said...


This is a fascinating book and what images. I know this will make a perfect Christmas gift for a friend
Thank you for this feature


Linda @ a design snack said...

Always nice to read your reviews. This book is now on my Christmas list! Thanks!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I really don't know much at all about YSL, so I learned a bit today. The book looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

La Contessa said...

I would LOVE to own that book!

Natalie said...

Ah, interesting! Have you seen the YSL movie? I liked that it gave a peek into his personal life, too. Always fun.

I Dream Of said...

What an exciting time for fashion. I went to a lecture not too long ago on French fashion which talked about how Dior and Yves St. Laurent revolutionized the fashion world. It was so interesting to relive that point in time.

Hope you are well, Karena. I'm feeling like I've kicked into crazy-busy holiday mode a little early this year, but am thankful for a full plate!

Happy weekend! XOXO

peggybraswell said...

love Saint Laurent + the book looks divine + great photos

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena, This is a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary man. Thank you. xoxo Mary

Francine Gardner said...

This is the best peak at the most alluring, glamorous life style.

Mise said...

I worry that buying this lovely book might make me feel so special that I spend all my money in one go.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh this looks like a book that the Fashionista would enjoy! What amazing colors and design.

I have been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. I hope you are on the mend.

Have a beautiful week.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello Karena, You always have the best resources. I love the glamorous looks. a special tribute for such a talented man. I envy his world travels. I hope you are feeling good.

designchic said...

What an amazing book with gorgeous images - like works of art!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

This looks like a truly amazing book...I loved seeing the old photographs!...

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

What a beautiful book, Karen! So much glamour!
I am definitely putting this on my list!

Cindy Hattersley said...

I have to admit I am not all that interested in hollywood glamour but anything you recommend Karena I am in!!!

Fashion-isha said...

Wow that pink dress!!!

Charisse WHG said...

YVES SAINT LAURENR written by Alice Rawsthorn will answer many of the questions posed in some of the comments. I look forward to adding this book to my design library. YSL is an inspiration to me in much of my art and interior design work. What a fascinating man he was!

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