Tag Archives: Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent and feathers

The exhibition Birds of Paradise concludes with a group of silhouettes created by one of the most important designers of the 20th century: Yves Saint Laurent. The way Saint Laurent used feathers marked a new era in the 1960s. Moreover, the silhouettes demonstrate that he continued to use feathers until his career ended in the […]

From March 20th, Birds of Paradise in MoMu

The exhibition Birds of Paradise – Feathers and Plumes in Fashion is an ode to the elegance and refinement of the application of plumes and feathers in fashion and haute couture. 19th-century accessories and belle époque garments showcase the refined elegance of the changing fashions at the end of the 19th century, emphasizing ostrich, pheasant […]

Yves Saint Laurent, Abraham and animal prints

Gustav Zumsteg’s first meeting with Yves Saint Laurent, at the funeral of Christian Dior in 1957, marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship. The two men’s business ties also lasted several decades, their unparalleled collaboration benefiting greatly from the fact that they were kindred spirits. Yves Saint Laurent’s last haute couture collection of 2002 coincided […]

Art, fashion and guestbooks at the Kronenhalle

During the 1930s, Abraham was under the leadership of Gustav Zumsteg. He regularly stayed in Paris and became acquainted with a number of influential artists, from Georges Braque to Marc Chagall and Alberto Giacometti, and famous couturiers, such as Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent. These great names from the art […]

Abraham, Christian Dior and roses.

Abraham Ltd. worked with many of the great couturiers. The list of its customers therefore reads like a who’s who in the world of international couture. It was Gustav Zumsteg who in the 1940s made the first tentative contacts with fashion designers, some of whom would become lifelong friends. The four names that are now […]

Couture in Colour

We are very proud to present our new exhibition Silks & Prints from the Abraham Archive: Couture in Colour. During the 1950s and 1960s, the couturiers Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristóbal Balenciaga all worked together with the Swiss firm, Abraham, for their exclusive fabrics. This company was specialized in printing […]

Happy Valentine!

The upcoming expo ‘Silks & Prints from Abraham – Couture in Colour’ not only tells the story of the legendary Swiss Abraham company and that of European couture, art and luxury throughout the 20th century. It also reflects on the person of Gustav Zumsteg (director of Abraham during the 1930s) and how he became a […]

YSL desk snapshot

In their quest for couture dresses made with silk from the Swiss Abraham archive for the newt MoMu exhibition in March, the MoMu curators went to the Yves Saint Laurent archives in Paris. A couture archive with over 5.000 dresses, a Holy Grail at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, all stored in […]