Big news for the fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent is returning to couture.
The French fashion house, which hasn't made a couture collection since the designer himself produced his 200th and final show in 2002, has confirmed that it will start to produce couture pieces, under the direction of current creative director, Hedi Slimane.
The pieces will produced at the label's new atelier, which is housed in 17th-century mansion Hôtel de Sénecterre in Paris. And while it hasn't been confirmed whether or not the designs will show during couture week, we do know they will be available by commission, for both men and women.
The company released the following statement this morning:
"Hedi began to recompose the traditional couture ateliers of the house in 2012. The ateliers are now at the centre of the Saint Laurent project by Hedi Slimane. The ateliers also produce commissioned hand-made pieces for movie stars and musicians. Hedi determines which of these pieces will carry the atelier's hand-sewn couture label 'Yves Saint Laurent'. These couture pieces may be women or men, a tuxedo or an evening dress, daywear or eveningwear. The 'Yves Saint Laurent' private atelier label is made of ivory silk satin and is numbered by piece. The atelier keeps a strict record of all the couture pieces in a gold monogram book."
For a first look at some of the new couture pieces, visit Vogue.co.uk.
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