Lauren on Laurent at fashion spectacular

Lauren Laverne, right, in conversation with Joanna Hashagen
Lauren Laverne, right, in conversation with Joanna Hashagen
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Sunderland-born broadcaster Lauren Laverne has been back in her home region to check out a celebrated exhibition.

The 6Music presenter paid a visit to Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, to see its much talked about Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal display.

Lauren discussed the impact of the French designer on the fashion world with the museum’s keeper of fashion and textiles, Joanna Hashagen, as part of the presenter’s new online platform The Pool.

The resulting piece will go live in the next couple of weeks on the new media venture, which has content aimed at a female audience.

The former St Anthony’s School pupil tweeted about her visit: “Loving Bowes Museum’s spectacular #YSL exhibition #styleiseternal.”

Since opening last month, the striking exhibition has caught the attention of the world’s fashion media, appearing in the current issue of UK Vogue, as well as in Janet Street Porter’s column in The Independent after she visited the County Durham museum.

A UK exclusive, the exhibition is the first in the country to present a comprehensive display of Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life.

It includes fifty garments including some iconic pieces from the Russian Collection, the Mondrian dresses and the Tuxedo.

After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as creative director, Yves Saint Laurent created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé, with its first catwalk show in 1962. For 40 years, Pierre Bergé managed the business while Yves Saint Laurent focused entirely on the creative side.

Joanna Hashagen said: “We are honoured to host the first exhibition in the UK of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential fashion designers of all time.

We are honoured to host the first exhibition in the UK of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential fashion designers of all time.

Joanna Hashagen, keeper of fashion and textiles at Bowes Museum

“We are also thrilled to work, alongside the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, on an innovative display that introduces a dialogue between the designer’s body of work and The Bowes Museum’s collection. This certainly is a great moment in the history of The Bowes Museum, as well as for fashion display in the UK.”

Since the completion of its major refurbishment, the museum has delivered major exhibitions featuring works by leading fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.