Paco Peralta would have been 60 today. Peralta died in 2019, just after his 57th birthday.
On his birthday, I’m reflecting on the legacy of the late, great Barcelona couturier who gave so much to the sewing community.
Happy birthday, Paco — you’re in our thoughts today.
Paco Peralta: Vogue Patterns | In memoriam: Paco Peralta, 1962–2019 | VISIBLE feat. Paco Peralta
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.