It is a style icon that has never cared much about the clothes. Her name is Betty Catroux, she was Yves Saint Laurent's friend, muse, indomitable alter ego. And during the Paris Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2020/21, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum presents a preview of an exhibition dedicated to her.
Her name is Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular, will be open from March 3 to October 11 this year and has exceptional curator Anthony Vaccarello, the current creative director of the brand, who had carte blanche in designing the set-up based on a donation made from the same Catroux of her pieces signed YSL, between high fashion and prêt-à-porter. The relationship of the great coutuier with the fascinating socialite outside the box began in 1967 when the two met in a club, New Jimmy's in 1967. Saint Laurent was struck by her androgynous beauty, by the way she wears, drawing heavily on the male wardrobe, free from the idea of femininity until then proposed by fashion and culture. "I don't feel like calling myself a man or a woman, but I certainly feel myself in a state of seductiveness when I wear men's clothes," explained Catroux a few years ago in commenting on her style. From that precise moment, Monsieur Yves wants her next to him, defining her his twin sister, his female double, the person who most of all embodies the sense of his aesthetic research. The two have been inseparable throughout their lives and the exhibition also returns images and private documents never before exhibited, which tell the strength of their relationship.