Lo and behold, the prayers of fashion fans have been answered, in the form of another grand biopic of one of the industry’s greatest stars.
Tracing the life of prodigious talent Yves Saint Laurent who took over from his mentor, the mighty Christian Dior, at the tender age of 21, this film not only focuses on the pioneering role he played in fashion but sheds light on his turbulent personal life.
Blighted by spells of manic depression, dependency on alcohol and drugs, but held together by his relationship with Pierre Bergé – bodyguard come business partner come boyfriend – his was a somewhat complicated and colourful existence.
Naturally, a visually delightful film that marks an unprecedented exploration of Saint Laurent’s unique story, this new release is just the ticket for anyone curious about the sartorial sphere, or simply interested in a commentary on the effect international stardom can have on a young and fragile individual. For a truly authentic experience, the Institut Francais are screening it with English subtitles throughout April at their Ciné Lumierè…
Institut Francais, 17 Queensberry Pl, SW7 2DT; institut-francais.org.uk