Some of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works are his Sunflower series. Yves Saint Laurent also paid tribute to famous Dutch painter with this ‘Sunflowers’ jacket which recently auctioned for a record €382,000 ($420,622).
The jacket, which is one of only four examples of this design thought to have been created and which was once modelled on the catwalk by Naomi Campbell, had been expected to fetch between €80,000 and €120,000 at the Christie’s auction in Paris.
According to Christie’s specialist Camille de Foresta, this magnificent, intricately embroidered jacket, conceived by Yves Saint Laurent in 1988 and inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ paintings, is among the most expensive haute couture garments ever made.
The bright yellow and orange garment, lined with satin and yellow silk, is made out of yellow organza, entirely embroidered with glass beads, sequins, ribbons and pearls. It is thought to have taken haute couture embroiderers at Maison Lesage, one of the greatest embroidery houses in the world, more than 600 hours to stitch by hand.
While commenting on the jacket back in the year 2004, Saint Laurent in statement said, “I have always been fascinated by painting, so it was only natural that it should inspire my creations.” The 1988 collection also featured another jacket inspired by a flower-themed Van Gogh canvas called – Irises which was sold for €175,500 ($194,700) in January this year.