January 20, 2010 05:48 PM

“Fashions fade, style is eternal,” Yves Saint Laurent once famously declared and you may now add: “March 11 is essential.’ Unquestionably, this spring’s Paris fashion essential is a ticket to the just-announced YSL Retrospective. The iconic designer will be the subject of the first major retrospective since his June 2008 death beginning on March 11, scheduled to run through August. And befitting the man whose designs defined sophistication, they’re pulling out all the stops to create a definitive spectacular. Organized jointly by the fashion legend’s long-time partner Pierre Bergé and the City of Paris, the exhibition will display over 300 haute-couture and Prêt-à-porter items, ranging over the entire 40 years of Saint Laurent’s canon. Fittingly, the retrospective will be housed in the city’s Petit Palais, just around the corner from the Dior showroom where Saint Laurent first found global acclaim in 1957. The exhibition will include pieces from Saint Laurent’s first Dior success, his “Trapeze” collection, as well as pieces from his 1965 Mondrian-inspired collection and his iconic “Le Smoking” tuxedo suit. His influential designs for film and theatre, including items worn by his muse Catherine Deneuve, will also be present in this comprehensive exhibit. Scheduled to open as the finale to Paris’s forthcoming Pret-a-porter week, the YSL Retrospective is being handled as a reserved event policy. Tickets are €11 (approximately $ 16) and the show runs until August 29. Visit yslretrospective.com for more information (and reservations, if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris!). —Peter Mikelbank

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