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The Pierre Bergé-Sanctioned YSL Biopic Gets its NYC Debut

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YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ and THE CINEMA SOCIETY Host the After Party for THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY'S YvesFor French director Jalil Lespert’s new biopic on the legendary Yves Saint Laurent, the designer’s longtime partner, Pierre Bergé, granted unparalleled access to the icon’s original creations, including more than 5,000 dresses, 15,000 accessories, and 35,000 sketches. But working with the archival pieces had its limitations. “No one could sweat in the dresses, and it basically meant no moving,” said Marie de Villepin, who plays the designer’s muse Betty Catroux, at last night’s Cinema Society screening of Yves Saint Laurent, hosted by The Weinstein Company and Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette. “I’m complaining now, but how amazing is it to get to wear those museum pieces that got pulled out for the first time ever just to be in this movie?”

While the film showcases YSL’s designs—from the famous Mondrian dresses to his signature Le Smokings, it also sheds light on the man behind them. His battle with severe depression, as well as drug and sex addictions, made his relationship with Bergé a volatile one. (This film, however, has Bergé’s stamp of approval, unlike the other movie about the designer that recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.) “It was the price of being a genius,” Lespert said. “I didn’t want to make a movie about his dark side, but it was important to show that he had these struggles.”

After the screening at MoMA, the movie’s star Pierre Niney, Harvey Weinstein, and Martha Stewart, among others, regrouped at Beautique on West 58th Street. Though 83-year-old Bergé wasn’t in attendance, Niney reported, “The first time Pierre saw it, he was in tears. If the guy who shared a life with him believes in the Yves I did, that’s enough for me.”

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