Celebration (2007)

From the high of an extraordinary runway show celebrating France’s 1998 World Cup win to fittings with his muse and friend Laetitia Casta, Olivier Meyrou’s documentary Celebration offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look of Yves Saint Laurent’s last few years of genius at the helm of his self-made fashion behemoth, before his exit from the house in 2002.

A true-to-life documentation of Saint-Laurent’s hesitant demeanor and deeply mysterious side. The couturier never stopped creating and his genius remained intact, as did his timidity, despite his 40-years-strong experience in the fashion industry. The documentary also tilts the spotlight toward another subject: the man in the shadows, Pierre Bergé. The businessman led the house to the fore of a fashion revolution which liberated women since the early 1960s.

The new documentary culminates in a landmark fashion show at the Centre Pompidou in 2002, a touching and personal moment that ties the documentary together. Meyrou’s film also offers an introduction to personalities instrumental to the success of the house, including Monette, Loulou de la Falaise, Betty Catroux, Monsieur Jean-Pierre and Dominique Deroche.

Manon Garrigues, translated by Hannah Larvin, Vogue

  • Orig. title: Célébration
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Playtime
  • Print source: Playtime
  • Cinematography: Jean-Marc Bouzou, Florian Bouchet
  • Editing: Cathie Dambel, Amrita David
  • Music: François-Eudes Chanfrault
  • Sound: Yolande Decarsin, Ludovic Escallier
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