Christie’s France announces the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, to be held on 24 January 2019. The dresses, suits, and accessories are a touching testimony of the long friendship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, a relationship which lasted for several decades.
Nearly 300 lots will be presented during Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, of which nearly 120 lots will be offered in the live auction, scheduled for 24 January and in addition an online sale will be offering the remaining 180 lots, accessible to digital bidders from 23 to 30 January 2019.
«In 1965, I was invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II and my husband David Bailey, a fashion photographer, suggested that I ask Yves Saint Laurent for an evening dress…said Catherine Deneuve. I was only 20 years old when I had the privilege of receiving access to this world of luxury, to train my eye and my taste by his side. He dressed me several times for films and I believe, that Belle de Jour owes a great deal to him… These are the creations of such a talented man who only designed clothes to beautify women». She added
The sale on 24 January 2019 will present iconic pieces by the designer including numerous evening dresses worn by the French actress in Cannes, Hollywood and Venice, as well as trench coats, the iconic «smokings» and colorful dress suits, while the online-only sale will offer more daywear, including some cocktail dress highlights as well.
It is almost impossible to talk about the creations of Yves Saint Laurent without mentioning his famous black smokings. Catherine Deneuve, as the designer’s muse, was one of the first to wear them. Our sale will offer several examples.
Finally, Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve lovers will also have the chance to acquire several accessories, evening bags, hats and a pair of shoes worn by the French actress on various occasions.