NPR interviewed the filmmakers yesterday:
In 2009, Forbes designer Yves Saint Laurent the “Top-Earning Dead Celebrity” of the year. (Surely a bittersweet distinction.) Now, Saint Laurent’s success — and how it was shaped and fed by his lover and manager Pierre Berge — is the subject of the new film Yves Saint Laurent. In it, their relationship is both interactive and supportive. “Fashion is not a major art,” Saint Laurent says in the film, to which Berge replies, “The way you do it, you have to be an artist.” Costume designer Patricia Field, who put the ladies of Sex and the City into their Manolo Blahnik shoes, makes Saint Laurent sound like a chic Che Guevara: “I think he was one of the revolutionaries,” she says. According to Field, Saint Laurent looped the pulse of his times into the fashions he designed. “Fashion is an ingredient in culture and art,” she says. “And at his time, he was the king of it.
The film opens today in Manhattan.
(Tipped by JMG reader Eddie)