Like quite a few top designers, Yves Saint Laurent is a household name, but not that many people know anything about the man himself. Now a new French biopic, named after its subject, is coming to illuminate us of the life and love of the gay couturier.
The movie follows the man who at the astonishingly young age of 21 became the head designer of the House of Christian Dior S.A., with his first collection credited by many with saving the company. Around the same time he met Pierre Berge, who became his lover and business partner. They launched the YSL fashion house together in 1961, running it for several decades. They split in 1976, but remained close for the rest of Saint Laurent’s life, entering a civil partnership together just before the designer died in 2008.
Pierre Niney plays Laurent, with Guillaume Gallienne as Berge. Jalil Lespert directs.
This is actually one of two biopics of the designer likely to be released next year. While the one above has the official backing of Berge, the other has a more high-profile French cast, including Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal), Louis Garrel (The Dreamers), Jérémie Renier (In Bruges) and Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds).