Paris. Madrid. Denver. The internationally acclaimed exhibit Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective will make its only North American stop at the Denver Art Museum, March 25 – July 8, 2012. This sweeping retrospective of the designer’s 40 years of creativity features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture outfits along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent's style and the historical foundations of his work.

Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his final runway collection in 2002. Highlights include:
            • The Gender Revolution galleries, where visitors will see how Saint Laurent bent (and sometimes broke) the rules of what women were expected to wear crafting the wardrobe for today’s modern woman;
            • The Yves Saint Laurent and Women section, displaying the clothing of the historic women who wore and supported Saint Laurent, including Catherine Deneuve, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Paloma Picasso; 
            • The Last Ball section, featuring exquisite evening dresses from the glory days of haute couture complete with a red carpet; 
            • and the Colors of Yves Saint Laurent gallery, where guests will enjoy vibrant examples from his collections and hundreds of fabric samples.

Denver Hotels Create Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP Packages
A dozen Mile High City hotels are offering Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP packages, many of which are now available to book online on the YSL Denver website. Guests who purchase the VIP hotel packages will receive two tickets valid for any date and time along with an audio guide for the stunning exhibition for each room booked. The tickets allow guests to enter the exhibit at the next available time slot, completely bypassing any lines. Participating hotels include: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa; the Comfort Inn; Four Seasons Hotel Denver; Grand Hyatt Denver; Hilton Garden Inn – Denver Cherry Creek; Hotel Monaco Denver; Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek; The Ritz-Carlton Denver; Sheraton Denver Downtown; The Curtis; and the Westin Downtown Denver.

Each hotel offers additional fashionable amenities with their Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP package, such as:
            • The Four Seasons Denver’s Parisian Pampering Package includes two VIP tickets to see the exhibit, a $40 credit toward brunch or lunch at EDGE Restaurant and a $100 credit to be pampered at The Spa at Four Seasons, not to mention a special YSL Beauty sample courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
            • The JW Marriott Denver’s Cherry Creek Couture Getaway includes two VIP exhibit tickets, a $100 Cherry Creek North shopping gift card, a $25 credit at the JW’s Second Home Kitchen + Bar and complimentary valet parking.
            • The Ritz Carlton Denver’s Haute Heights Package includes two VIP tickets, a choice of four fashion-inspired spa treatments and a YSL-inspired amenity upon arrival – a sweet chocolate stiletto or Sultry 'LBD' cocktail (Champagne/Chambord/St. Germain garnished with a black grape)

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective is organized by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum. Funding is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign.

Photo credit: Yves Saint Laurent, Black Velvet Sheath Dress, Paris Rose Satin Bow, Paris Haute Couture Collection, Fall-Winter 1983. © Foundation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo by Gilles Tapie.

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