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Yves St. Laurent (Version française) [Import]

Pierre Bergé , Catherine Deneuve , David Teboul    Unrated   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very creative, very sensitive man April 14 2011
By D. Marshall TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I watched this film as part of a fashion documentary marathon - Valentino, Lagerfeld, Chanel, September Issue. This documentary is broken up into two parts - the first is `His Life and Times', the second is ` 5 avenue Marceau' which is a behind the scenes look at how he creates a line. In the first part, we learn that he was born in Algeria and he has very fond memories of that time. Those idyllic times are contrasted with what appears to be the beginning of pain for him, to be thrust into a boarding school where the other students were `macho' and he suffered there. He discovered design and was brought to Paris by his mother, and he was a very young man when he replaced Christian Dior as head of his fashion house. He went on to form his own line and to revolutionize women's fashion, particularly bringing high inspiration to prêt-a-porter. The interviews with Saint Laurent reveal a man who is sensitive, excessively so, and he has endured much because of it, with his history of drugs and alcohol. One listens to him attentively, there is a tenderness to him that makes one wonder how he ever survived in the rough world of fashion. There is none of the cattiness of Karl Lagerfeld or the diva behaviour of Valentino. The second film on the DVD is true behind the scenes, as if someone put the camera down in spots and let the film run. It is not heavy edited at all, we are a bystander, the people involved do not seem to be playing to the camera. It can be very quiet and sometimes boring because they did not dramatize it at all. I imagine that it would be interesting to a design student to watch the reality of how a collection comes together. Read more ›
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Couture Dec 20 2005
By walkure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The 2nd movie (5 Ave Marceau) is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and development of YSL's 2001 spring-summer couture collection. For fans of the rarified world of haute couture, we get to see the design process from sketch to toile to final preparation of dresses with all the minute and perfectionist adjustments made to hems, linings, collars, flounces etc. YSL's regular house models are featured including the evergreen Amalia. His muse Loulou de la Falaise Klossowski and also Anne Marie Munoz are there by his side to give their opinions and support. For once we also get to see his chiefs of ateliers working out his sketches and trying to come up with creations that match what he dreams of. It's a hushed temple of design with everyone contributing to the final designs. We get to see how fabrics are draped and chosen, decisions on embroidery, how the style of the model's walk can affect the design, how some colours or fabrics are rejected and replaced; successful creations are paraded by the house models in front of YSL and others and greeted by cries of "ravishing", "beautiful!" and "sensational". I only wish that the 1hour plus movie was even longer. There's only a little snippet of the actual fashion show tacked onto the end of the movie but that's not really the point of the movie. The style of filming is slightly distanced - we observe the team observing the designs and sort of listen into their conversations. Totally recommended if you love couture and love YSL. In French with accurate English sub-titles.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of the Glamour. April 7 2005
By Wing Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Yves Saint Laurent is one of the greatest French fashion designers and his work has been raved and worned by fans worldwide. In this 2.5 hrs long documentary, we get to have more intimate look at the life and career of genius through the changes of more than 4 decades in the fashion world. With segments devoted to his fashion shows, and interviews on him as well as on others(influential fashion people) ultimately revealed more about the man behind the glamorous haute coutures.

It's very captivating to see how he became Dior's apprentice at 17 and when Dior died, he took over the job at the age of 21, with a debut show that dazzled the world. Eventually, he resigned from Dior, and just when everyone thought he was making a mistake, he launched his own label and started a smaller couture house of his own, and the result was astonishing as his first YSL collection became a hit. His work was especially adorned by divas like Catherine Deneuve, and even Jackie O.

I especially enjoyed watching him talk about himself in terms of family, love, career, and creativity. "I never plan what I draw, it just comes to me, and I have no vision of it". is one of the more interesting things I learned about him. He also openly talked about his passion for couture and resends ready-to-wear. He loved Chanel and Piccaso, and Balenciaga. He preferred Black models, because the colours of the dresses looked better on them and they have fabulous bodies......

The first part of the movie is finished at halfway, and followed by a complete domcumentary on behind the scenes of the preparation of a collection; from illustration to fabrics, toile fittings, to fancy embriodery work, to final fitting. He sits in a room, while his team makes his dream(designs) come true, and they have a model wearing the newly finished piece to let him critique the work. The head of his assistant would say,"Merci Monsieur!" if it turned out to be the way he imagined it.....

The second part is probably more interesting and worthwhile watching if you are into studying fashion, otherwise you might find it somewhat long and slow to watch the fittings and sewings take place. Well, at least you'll understand why couture is outlandishly expensive.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's best to learn from the BEST April 2 2007
By K. Lipio - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been in the fashion world for more than two decades, this DVD is the best example of what the Couture World is all about, perhaps a vanishing art but Yves was one of the last great real couture designers and this movie demonstrates that to the best ability. For anyone interested in Fashion and art in general, this is perhaps one of the most interesting documents on how the true couture work, men and women with true dedication to the art of drapping and hand work that produces the small miracles in beadwork, and all elements that made a couture garment different from any other. True understanding of the way a dress should look and how it flows like air. I recommend it highly to anyone going into the fashion world or already in the fashion world.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Aug. 1 2009
By Deborah Mccain - Published on Amazon.com
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Having completed my undergraduate work in Clothing and Textiles (eons ago), I still crave watching the masters create. The skill of Saint Laurent, Blass, Givenchy, and Chanel among others will never be rivaled.

Although I watch Project Runway and against my better judgment, The Fashion Show, this video of the life and magic of Saint Laurent sparked my desire to once again drag out the dress form, cutting table, and 20 year old sewing machine, and create.

Inspiration is gained by watching on the masters seek perfection in design and detail.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the Master at work Dec 24 2008
By MLMZ - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been many designers that have shaped the world of fashion through the years: Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel. But the one who created the many looks still worn today is YSL. The tuxedo look for women, the Safari jacket, color blocking(Mondrian dress), the peasant look. All designed by him.
This documentary is divided into two parts: His first years growing up in Algiers, his move to Paris and his beginnings working for Dior, and then heading the House after Dior's passing when he was just 21. The second part takes place at his atelier, almost 50 years later, working on his collection. You get to see the man at work, bringing his sketches to life, a change here a change there, and the people that help him bring it to reality. You hear him talk, move, answer questions, talk about his life, his acomplishments. You get to see a man who, in spite of who he is, is humble and totally dedicated to his craft. It's about the design, the clothes, the women who wear them, not the fame or the money or the accolades. His friends are also interviewed (Betty Catroux for one), and his mother.
And talk about the reverence, the total respect the people that work for him have for this man. They are dedicated to him, to help him achieve his vision.

I love fashion and the power it has to change the way you feel about yourself and how you present yourself to the world. I bought this DVD to better understand the process of designing and the man himself, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. If you love fashion as much, you'll enjoy it too.
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