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Transparency in Fashion

Transparency is used in the creations of many fashion houses, including Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Valentino. Transparency adds sensuality, lightness and mystery to garments.

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Jean Paul Gaultier explored the use of transparency in airy materials in his S/S 2006 show. He also incorporated transparency at the 2015-2016 show, where he fused Parisian and Breton style. This collection featured burlesque-style sequin dresses.

Valentino is renowned for its transparent creations that embody elegance and seduction. At the latest Fall-Winter 2023-2024 Fashion Week, the house presented a glamorous black dress adorned with rhinestones and feathers.

At the Chanel fashion show for the spring-summer 2020 season, we caught a glimpse of a ruffled dress in black silk organza. An outfit composed of a transparent top embroidered with "herbier" designs. At Chanel's latest spring-summer 2023-2024 show, we again caught a glimpse of the play of transparency through tulle skirts, adding delicacy and modernity to the collection. "I really wanted tulle, legs and lightness. Something summery, wispy", replied Virginie Viard.

Yves Saint Laurent loved transparency, because it reveals the beauty of the body while concealing it.

That's why we must all run to see the exhibition dedicated to transparency, which will run at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris, from February 9 to August 25, 2024.

Valentino transparency blouse, Yves Saint Laurent transparency blouse, Plein Sud transparency long cardigan available at

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