Musée YSL: Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular.

This autumn the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Paris displayed a new, unique  exhibition: Betty Catroux. Feminine Singular. Betty Catroux, a fashion icon and an exceptional character, had a special relationship with Yves Saint Laurent. His friend and muse, she strongly influenced the stylist’s fashion and ideals, representing in Saint Laurent’s words, his “female double”.




The exhibition displays around fifty of Yves Saint Laurent’s creations owned and worn by Betty Catroux, which she donated to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. An overwhelming triumph of black and a simple, masculine yet elegant style, dominate the showrooms, thus exemplifying Yves Saint Laurent’s characteristic androgynous creations as well as Betty Catroux’s personal style.




Among the revolutionary aspects that Saint Laurent brought to the fashion industry is the employment of a masculine look for women. This innovative ideal was – and still is – an innate feature of Betty Catroux’s style, and those looks, conveying a powerful feminine vision, reign over the showrooms.

Achieving a great balance between the black tuxedos, loose silhouettes and elegance, the creations thus deeply represented Betty Catroux’s style as well as launched a revolutionary approach to the fashion industry.




The exhibition also features a recent interview and photoshoots with Betty Catroux, which tell us more about her relationship with the iconic fashion designer from her perspective and memories.




An unmissable exhibition for fashion lovers, you can enjoy a unique online guided tour enriched with anecdotes and details by our expert. Contact us to book a virtual lecture!