Style The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris reopens

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris reopens

Andrea Tuzio

It was one of the few museums still closed after the end of the lockdown in France and the fear that it might not reopen was strong, but fortunately, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris will reopen on October 8th with a special exhibition.

A real homage to Betty Catroux, the model/muse par excellence of the French designer who “through her could give life to her visions and she could become herself”, to use the words of Anthony Vaccarello, creative director of Saint Laurent, given to The New York Times.

A very close friendship between Betty and Yves. He called her his twin, his female incarnation while she loved to call herself his bipolar duplicate.

They met in 1967 in a famous Parisian club, New Jimmy’s, and the spark broke out. A spark that triggered an intense and unique fire, a platonic love but at the same time extremely passionate, deep, and immeasurable.

For Yves Saint-Laurent, Betty Catroux embodied the very essence of the aesthetic he expressed with his creations. Androgynous and a poise that we would call bourgeois were the traits that inspired the French designer and made the fortune of both.

She took her first steps in the fashion world at the age of 17 when Chanel chose her as a model. Betty immediately understood that this world was not for her, she hated it and at the age of 19 she gave up everything. Only the match and friendship with Yves Saint-Laurent convinced her to return.
“My greatest ambition in life has always been not to lift a finger”, she once declared, and in fact, the modeling world never perceived it as a real job.

Betty Catroux has been married for 52 years to François Catroux, a renowned interior designer with whom she has two daughters: Daphne, curator of the exhibitions of Christian Dior and Maxime, editor for one of the major French publishing groups, Flammarion.

From 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 and until 6 p.m. on Sunday, at number 5 Avenue Marceau at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, all the clothes Betty donated to the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation, which over the years were given to her by Yves himself, will be exhibited.

Written by Andrea Tuzio
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