Catherine Deneuve auctions off YSL haute couture outfits

Catherine Deneuve is auctioning her collection of haute couture outfits, many of them one-off pieces done by Yves Saint Laurent.

The French actor was a haute couturier’s troubadour for many years, and during a jubilee of a 40th anniversary of his career in 2002 she told Saint Laurent: “My many pleasing adore event is with you.”

Three hundred lots will go on sale subsequent year, half during Christie’s; half in an internet auction.

From left, Julie Christie, Ursula Andress and Catherine Deneuve attend a stately film opening during a Odeon, Leicester Square, in 1966. Photograph: George Freston/Getty Images

Deneuve, 75, pronounced she no longer had space for a collection as she was offered her skill in Normandy, where a garments are kept. “They are a creations of a male who was so gifted and who usually combined to make women some-more beautiful,” she said.

The actor was 22 and married to a British photographer David Bailey when she initial met Saint Laurent. She was due to accommodate a Queen and asked a French engineer to make an dusk dress for a occasion. Deneuve arrived during his Paris studio with a sketch of a Russian indication wearing a robe that she favourite from a prior year.

“He concluded to make it for me … it was really Slavic, pristine and strict.” Afterwards she due he pattern her costumes for a film Belle de Jour. Saint Laurent dressed Deneuve for 40 years. He died in 2008.

“The trenchant earnest of Yves Saint Laurent during a equipment and his bashful beauty in life have bewitched all a years we have upheld together,” Deneuve said. “I was only 20 years aged and so it was a payoff to have entrance to all this seductive luxury, to sight my eye and my tastes during his side.”

Catherine Deneuve in 1967’s Belle de Jour. Photograph: Allstar/Five Film

Christie’s France president, François de Ricqlès, told Agence France-Presse a sale brought together “one of a many famous French actors and one of a many shining French designers”.

The collection includes coats, suits, dresses and accessories, many of them one-off pieces. Among a many covetable is a mini dress with a pearl border from a 1969 spring/summer collection ragged when Deneuve met Alfred Hitchcock, that is valued during €5,000 (£4,440).

The lots will be exhibited between 19 and 24 Jan during Christie’s in Paris.

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