Yves Saint Laurent and his 19-year-old muse

A Rare French Couture Collection Up for Auction

This fall, a rare collection of dresses goes on the block in Paris, all from the collection of the legendary style icon and muse Danielle Luquet Saint Germain. At 19, she was spotted by Yves Saint Laurent and immediately incorporated into his atelier as model and inspiration. “I realized that her body and gestures were typical of today’s woman,” YSL recalled. “She helped me eliminate any references and reminders that were out of fashion—the dust of haute couture.” Such iconic pieces as the women’s tuxedo jacket, the transparent blouse and the ready-to-wear safari coat were fueled by her taste. After a decade with the designer, she moved on to become artistic advisor at Christian Dior, and helped Claude Montana create his first collection. Among the 350 garments to be auctioned on October 14th by Gros & Delettrez at the Hotel Drouot will be pieces by Montana, Azzedine Alaïa, Paco Rabane, Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix. Of course, the stars of the show will mostly likely be the dozens of YSL creations she amassed over the years, including a black, transparent chiffon dress with ostrich feathers estimated to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 euros, and the famous Picasso gown with embroidery by François Lesage, estimated at 10,000 to 12,000 euros. For more information, visit www.gros-delettrez.com.

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