Catherine Deneuve is Auctioning Off Her YSL Collection

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Christie’s Paris will auction Catherine Deneuve’s beloved collection of Yves Saint Laurent gowns, suits, and accessories on January 24. Consisting of 300 lots, the auction house will sell the French actresses’ pieces both online starting Wednesday and in a live auction to be held on Thursday.

Deneuve’s collection spans the time of her personal friendship and patronage of Yves Saint Laurent, from 1969 to 2002. It includes her arsenal of Le Smoking suits, consisting of iterations of the iconic black jacket with satin lapels paired with timeless pants and skirts, which takes an entire room at Christie’s. Colorful gowns and other red carpet-worthy regalia are also up for auction.

Memorable pieces from the collection hold sartorial and personal meaning for Deneuve. She wore the black strapless silk gown adorned with pink ostrich feathers along the top to the 65th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, where she was nominated for Best Actress for Indochine. Another dress, a beaded number from the Spring/Summer 1969 Couture show, was worn when she first met Alfred Hitchcock. The collection also includes nearly 130 one-of-a-kind garments created by Saint Laurent specifically for Deneuve. Among these is another gown she wore to the Academy Awards–a sparkling gold Lurex dress that Deneuve opted for in 2000.

The abundance of glamorous pieces indicates the close relationship Deneuve had with Saint Laurent. Spanning nearly four decades, their friendship only grew with their respective successes. She often supported the designer front row at his runway shows. During a recent talk at Christie’s, Deneuve recalled how emotional Saint Laurent’s last show was. Held on January 22, 2002, Deneuve remembers singing a song with model Laetitia Casta following the show, surprising the designer and bringing some of the models to tears.

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