Director David Teboul parlays wide-open access to designer Yves Saint Laurent and company into an absorbing exploration of creativity and the artistic temperament. This 2002 film tracks the manufacture of a collection over the course of eight intense weeks, as patterns are developed and modified, fabrics selected, and details refined. Teboul frames the devoted middle-aged women who staff the couturier's workshop alongside the leggy mannequins who tirelessly model the evolving garments; in the rapturous atmosphere surrounding the birth of his new line, the hushed tones of awe seem more suited to a cathedral than an atelier. In French with subtitles. 85 min.
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