Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit Headed to the U.S.

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Denver is getting a dose of Paris chic this spring.

“Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” will open at the city’s Museum of Art on March 25. Fans will get to see the designer’s Mondrian dress, safari dresses and other famed pieces, along with pieces from his early work at the helm of Christian Dior. The exhibit originated at Paris's Petit Palais, and has been re-conceived for the new venue.

The designer's signature le smoking will be highlighted with a wall of 40 tuxedos, including jumpsuit, safari and even duffel-coat styles. Menswear for evening is now de rigueur, but it met with puzzlement when Saint Laurent introduced the look at his Fall 1966 couture show. It didn't catch on with his couture customers, but was embraced by the yé-yé set, most notably Françoise Hardy, who debuted ready-to-wear version for surely scandalized onlookers at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Also showcased at the museum will be YSL pieces from the personal wardrobes of Betty Catroux, Catherine Deneuve, Loulou de la Falaise, Princess Grace of Monaco, Nan Kempner, Paloma Picasso, Diana Vreeland and the Duchess of Windsor.

We chatted with the show's curator, Florence Müller, about some of the house signatures to look out for at the exhibit. Check out our slideshow for her illuminating comments.