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Denver: fashion hub of the United Sates. No, not really. Not even close, actually. But until July 8, the Denver Art Museum will be home to a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective that originated in Paris and will make no other stateside appearances. This complete overview of the icon’s 40-plus years of highly influential creation opened this week and features photographs, drawings, and films along with 200 couture outfits. The exhibit covers the full arc of his career, from his early days at Dior in 1958 through his final runway collection in 2002.

“This exhibition demonstrates the impact of Saint Laurent’s work on the history of fashion and the present-day relevance of his style,” curator Florence Müller says. “His creations achieved an ingenious symbiotic relationship between setting style and recognizing popular trends that made them not only wardrobe necessities, but also reflected women’s changing role in society.”

The choice of Denver as host for all of this seems fitting to us, actually, for the two YSL dress shirts that populate our wardrobes—and constantly pop up whenever we are holding a jacket on a hanger—both came from thrift stores in the Mile High City. Cosmic.

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