3 Things to Know About "Saint Laurent"

Jenny Rogers


The Drexel has decided to postpone the opening of "Saint Laurent." A rep for the indepdent theater, located in Bexley, said there's a possibility for a mid-July release.

Bertrand Bonello's Yves Saint Laurent biopic, "St. Laurent," opens at The Drexel on Friday, June 26. The film-starring Gaspard Ulliel as the infamous and beloved designer and not to be confused with the other YSL flick that premiered last year-will be featured only in select cities. Thankfully, Columbus made the cut. Here are three things to know before you go.

1. Don't expect the Dior days.

The film focused on the designer's life and career between 1967 and 1976, after he had left the French fashion house and branched out on his own. When asked in an interview why he chose this decade, Bonello had this to say: "It's such a powerful decade; we could have narrowed it down further. Equally, we could have begun in 1965 with the Mondrian dress, which marks the moment when Saint Laurent stops being post-Dior and becomes Saint Laurent … Very early on, Thomas (Bidegain) and I chose to restrict ourselves to two emblematic collections, the Liberation collection in 1971 and the Russian Ballet collection in 1976. The first provoked outrage: In 1971, with hippie chic booming, Saint Laurent dressed women like their mothers … The newspapers were in uproar but, six months later, everyone was wearing vintage."

2. Ulliel is a dead-ringer for YSL.

Though the director notes he was looking for more than a face to pull off those black glasses, Ulliel (you may recognize him from "Paris, Je T'aime") is practically the designer's doppelganger.

3. The fashion is taken quite seriously.

As Bonello notes, haute couture is all about attention to detail. For "Saint Laurent," the crew built an atelier to construct dresses and hired real seamstresses who were then given their lines and filmed for the movie.

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