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Scandalous Moments of Fashion


In a world where people dress so norm-core­ingly that a wardrobe malfunction is about as close as one gets to a true sartorial scandal, and where avant garde designers have become so consistent that even their designs now seem quite obvious (to the point that the designer Rick Owens has to show private parts dangling on the Paris catwalk to create a stir), the question is what might constitute a true fashion scandal in terms of the aesthetics alone?

Once upon a time, there was such a thing as a collection causing an uproar because of the designs, and not because they revealed the body beautiful.

Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 collection, also known as the Forties Collection, set out to explore styles inspired by wartime and the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Deemed the ugliest show in town and leading to outraged headlines, it is now the subject of a new exhibition, “Yves Saint Laurants 1971 The Scandal Collection,” at the Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint­Laurent in Paris.

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