A Yves Saint Laurent documentary known as Celebration that was once banned, will be making its way to theatres. The documentary is advertised as a depiction of an “aging, ailing Saint Laurent moments before his departure from the fashion house.” The release of Celebration was previously blocked by Saint Laurent’s life and business partner, Pierre Berge after its initial screening in 2007. The ban was originally lifted in 2015 and underwent years of restoration, leading to a debut in 2018.
Archival Toronto, a fashion start-up focusing on archived and unique vintage fashion has been tasked with bringing the film to the public. It will be hosting the forthcoming premiere at Toronto’s Fox Theatre.
Co-founder of Archival Toronto, Carl Chiang states, “Celebration is an amazing piece of film that brings to life one of the most creative and revolutionary minds of 20th century fashion. We hope that through this documentary we can inspire the journey of new creatives looking to make their own impact in the world.”
Screenwriter Oliver Meyrou says the film “tells the story of an ending marked by physical deterioration, the moment where creation seems almost impossible. It’s difficult to see the world you created come to an end.”