Since we heard about the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Petit Palais, we’ve been itching to get on the Eurostar and go to the city of chic! If for one reason or another Paris is a no-go, the first comprehensive retrospective of Laurent’s work has just been published.

It may not quite be the same as seeing the designers’ beautiful clothes in person, but this book is the perfect way to swat up on how Laurent became one of the most distinctive and influential designers of the twentieth century.

With a preface by Laurent’s business partner Pierre Bergé, author Faride Chenoune explores the sources of inspiration that drove Laurent’s ground breaking designs.  Drawing upon painting, sculpture, theater, opera, literature, and cinema, this beautiful book let’s you into the world and mind-frame of Laurent.

From his early days working under Christian Dior, to hanging out at Regine’s with Loulou de Falaise, launching the safari look at his first prêt a porter shop on the Rive Gauche, hanging out in Morocco, and the debut of the Le Smoking tuxedo, this book reveals the breadth and scope of Laurent’s entire career.