‘Yves Saint Laurent’ tells the story of one of the most talented and influential fashion designers of his time.
He started his career as Christian Dior’s protégé in the 1950s. At the young age of 21, Yves Saint Laurent was handed the reins of the prestigious fashion house founded by Christian Dior. At his first fashion show, which was a triumph, he met his future lover and business partner Pierre Bergé. The two set up the famous Yves Saint Laurent label.
The film stars French actors Pierre Niney as the fashion wunderkind and Guillaume Gallienne as his lover and business partner.
“It’s one of the greatest love stories of the century. And it’s not just a love story, it’s also a story about creation, that’s its strength. It’s so modern, so rebellious, it’s so Saint Laurent, with that clairvoyant, modern vision he had,” says Pierre Niney.
A perfectionist tormented by his obsessions and inner demons, Yves Saint Laurent revolutionised the world of fashion with his modern and iconoclastic approach.
Guillaume Gallienne plays Saint Laurent’s partner Pierre Bergé, who stood by him until the end.
“By telling this love story, we’re telling the story of his genius and paying homage to the creator that he was. It’s the first time in my life that I have been moved by looking at a dress,” says Guillaume Gallienne.
The film was endorsed by Saint Laurent’s former partner Pierre Bergé who gave the director, Jalil Lespert, access to archive material.
Twice nominated for a Cesar Award – the French equivalent of the Oscars – Pierre Niney’s performance as Yves Saint Laurent has received near-unanimous acclaim from critics and from Bergé himself:
“He has literally burgled the entire character of Saint Laurent. I have never seen any actor truly embody someone like that,” says Pierre Bergé.
The film is the first of two biopics about the iconic fashion designer due out this year.
Already on release in France, ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ will be screened at the Berlin Film Festival next month.