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For centuries, the West has been fascinated by the mysterious allure of the Middle East and Asia, captivated by the curious customs, the exotic spices and colors of the bazaars,...

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French journalist and writer Laurence Benaïm is the author of Yves Saint Laurent (Grasset, 1993), the biography of reference on the designer, with several updated reeditions, including the recent English-language version (Rizzoli, 2019). She has devoted several other works to the couturier, including Yves Saint Laurent: Naissance d’une légende (La Martinière, 2002) and Requiem pour Yves Saint Laurent (Grasset, 2010). Benaïm is also the author of the biographies Marie‑Laure de Noailles: La Vicomtesse du bizarre (Grasset, 2001) and Jean‑Michel Frank: Le Chercheur de silence (Grasset, 2017). Her previous titles with Assouline include Dior by Yves Saint Laurent(2017) and Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (2020).

The Classics Collection

Orientalism Style


The boldness seen since then in my work, I owe to [Morocco], to its forceful harmonies, to its audacious combinations, to the fervor of its creativity.

— Yves Saint Laurent

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Page count

296 pages

Number of illustrations

over 200



Released on

May 2022


W 24 x L 33 x D 4 cm

Cover materials

Linen Hardcover




4.85 kg

Introduction by Laurence Benaïm

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