Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Doc Early Screening

This Monday May 16 at 7pm, USC in conjunction with IFC is hosting an early screening of the new documentary, L'Amour Fou, which chronicles the life and career of iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. Director and co-writer Pierre Thoretton lets us into the auction of Saint Laurent's personal art collection, and through this event explores his personal life with lover Pierre Berge. The film is in French with English subtitles.

Saint Laurent has a storied past, having moved from Dior's assistant at the age of seventeen, to head of the label four years later when Dior passed away. He started his own label in '61 and changed fashion forever. Not only did he buck convention by making ready-to-wear clothing respectable, but he hired ethnic models and reinvigorated menswear for women. His life was a fascinating public "extravagance," but what happened behind the scenes is what's so captivating.

Admission is free to the Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre (George Lucas Building, SCA 112, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007), just go to the website and make a reservation. If you miss it here, though, the film will be opening at the "Laemmle Royal Theatre in West LA, Town Center in Encino, and Playhouse in Pasadena" on Friday, May 20.

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