Catherine Deneuve is Decluttering her Designer Wardrobe

PENNY McCORMICK has her eye on some of French icon Catherine Deneuve’s cast-offs …

Catherine Deneuve with Yves Saint Laurent
Catherine Deneuve with Yves Saint Laurent

Christie’s France has announced the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, which will be held on 24 January 2019 and includes some 300 dresses, suits and accessories which reflect her longstanding friendship with Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent couture dress for Catherine Deneuve


Speaking about the relationship, Catherine Deneuve recalls how it started. “In 1965, I was invited to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II and my husband David Bailey, a fashion photographer, suggested that I ask Yves Saint Laurent for an evening dress. I arrived at Rue Spontini with a photo from the Russian Collection from the previous year which he agreed to create for me.

Yves Saint Laurent les smoking for Catherine Deneuve


A long white crepe dress with a panel of red embroidery was the start of a long professional collaboration and friendship. His consummate gravitas during the fittings together with his shy charm outside the atelier made all the years we shared so enchanting – our silent complicity, our crazy laughter and our melancholy brought us together. I was only 20 years old and I had the privilege of being given access to this world of luxury, to train my eye and my taste by his side. He dressed me several times in films and I think that Belle de Jour in particular owes a great deal to him.”

Yves Saint Laurent sheer dress for Catherine Deneuve


“Now, I am leaving my house in Normandy where I kept this wardrobe – not without a certain sadness – these are the creations of such a talented man who only designed clothes to beautify women”.

The sale will include evening dresses worn by the actress in Cannes, Hollywood, Venice film festivals as well as iconic YSL trench coats and smokings and there is also an online sale with accessories and a few cocktail dresses.

Yves Saint Laurent couture gown for Catherine Deneuve

Penny McCormick

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