03/21/2012 02:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Comes To Denver Art Museum (PHOTOS)

Yves Saint Laurent was arguably the most influential designer of the past 50 years. His sleek, elegant visions became his trademark -- style was his business, not fashion. In an article in New York Magazine, Laurent told journalist G. Y. Dryansky: "Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?"

Though his look was classic he often made revolutionary decisions, including using a variety of models of different races into runway shows, referencing non-European cultures, inventing the tuxedo suit for women and incorporating fine art into his looks. He was, in a sense, an anarchist, stripping women of the bells, bows and whistles to expose their feminine charm. (Well, maybe not the bows...)

Vivienne Westwood once said that Laurent had "this brilliant idea that a woman could be the most feminine possible while dressing like a man." He freed women of the corset, literally and figuratively, showing the flexibility between masculinity and femininity and the room to play in between.

The Denver Art Museum is hosting a retrospective of Laurent's designs, from his avant-garde gowns to his artist-inspired ensembles. The collection features tributes to Matisse, Mondrian, Wesselman and Van Gogh, showing a seamless transition from the canvas to the human form. The exhibition spans 40 years, offering a selection of 200 haute couture garments along with photographs, drawings and films.

The exhibition will be on view at the Denver Art Museum from March 25 - July 8.

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