Christie’s France will hold the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe on 24 January 2019. The dresses, suits and accessories are a moving testimony of the friendship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, a relationship which lasted for several decades. Nearly 300 lots will be presented in total to the numerous connoisseurs and international collectors in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week. Christie’s will offer almost 150 lots during a live auction, in addition to an online sale accessible to digital bidders from 23 to 30 January 2019.
‘In 1965, I was invited to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II and my husband David Bailey, a fashion photographer, suggested that I ask Yves Saint Laurent for an evening dress. I arrived at Rue Spontini with a photo from the Russian Collection from the previous year which he agreed to create for me. A long white crepe dress with a panel of red embroidery was the start of a long professional collaboration and friendship. His consummate gravitas during the fittings together with his shy charm outside the atelier made all the years we shared so enchanting – our silent complicity, our crazy laughter and our melancholy brought us together. I was only 20 years old and I had the privilege of being given access to this world of luxury, to train my eye and my taste by his side. He dressed me several times in films and I think that Belle de Jour in particular owes a great deal to him. Now, I am leaving my house in Normandy where I kept this wardrobe – not without a certain sadness – these are the creations of such a talented man who only designed clothes to beautify women.’ -Catherine Deneuve
Live Auction: Thursday 24 January 2019 at 6pm; Online sale: From 23 to 30 January 2019
Christie’s: 9 avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris