Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe to star in January auction

Catherine Deneuve with her dear friend Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Photo ©Jean-Luce Huré, provided by Christie’s

PARIS – Christie’s France is proud to announce the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, to be held January 24, 2019. The dresses, suits and accessories are a moving testimony of the friendship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, a relationship which lasted for several decades. Nearly 300 lots will be presented in total to the numerous connoisseurs and international collectors in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week. Christie’s will offer approaching 150 lots during a live auction, in addition to an online sale accessible to digital bidders from January 23-30, 2019.

Catherine Deneuve recalled,“In 1965, I was invited to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II and my husband David Bailey, a fashion photographer, suggested that I ask Yves Saint Laurent for an evening dress. I arrived at Rue Spontini with a photo from the Russian Collection from the previous year, which he agreed to create for me.”

A long white crepe dress with a panel of red embroidery was the start of a long professional collaboration and friendship.“His consummate gravitas during the fittings together with his shy charm outside the atelier made all the years we shared so enchanting — our silent complicity, our crazy laughter and our melancholy brought us together,” Deneuve continued. “I was only 20 years old and I had the privilege of being given access to this world of luxury, to train my eye and my taste by his side. He dressed me several times in films and I think that Belle de Jour in particular owes a great deal to him. Now, I am leaving my house in Normandy where I kept this wardrobe — not without a certain sadness — these are the creations of such a talented man who only designed clothes to beautify women.”

François de Ricqlès, President of Christie’s France said: “We are honored to have been entrusted with the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe. This auction is particularly dear to our hearts, having organized the legendary Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé sale at the Grand Palais ten years ago. It is a pleasure to offer these pieces which bear witness to a love story and a friendship between a most talented French actress and the most illustrious designer of all time.”

Live Auction: Thursday 24 January 2019 at 6 p.m. local time
Online sale: January 23-30, 2019

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