Yves Saint Laurent’s landmark Spring 1971 haute couture collection, Libération, is 50. For more on the designer’s Libération collection, see my 2015 post here.
Saint Laurent unveiled the collection in Paris on January 29, 1971. Licensed Libération patterns were available from Vogue the next season, photographed by the late Frank Horvat.
The Libération dress pattern was also seen in this textiles ad:
But the most popular of the two designs was the signature suit. Gianni Penati photographed the pantsuit, made up in black velvet, at the Richard Feigen Gallery in New York.
Saint Laurent’s smoking, reenvisioned as as an embroidered evening jacket, even made the cover of Vogue.
This Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, in New York City, on the one-year anniversary of Stonewall.
Despite being headquartered in New York, the big pattern companies have an uneven record of celebrating Pride — at least visibly, on social media. In past years, I’ve tweeted about this silence.
A search for McCall’s + Pride yields this single tweet from 2018.
It’s not too late for the Big 4, and their new parent company IG Design Group, to show support for LGBTQ+ communities. And virtual Pride in London has only just begun.