Saint Laurent
Music Project


Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Kim Gordon and Ariel Pink style themselves

in Hedi Slimane’s new photographic series, premiered on Dazed Digital



It’s fashion legend that Yves Saint Laurent dressed both Mick and Bianca Jagger

for their wedding in St Tropez, May 1971. How well the bride wore white YSL tailoring

was the ultimate endorsement of Monsieur Yves’ sartorial liberation, a crowning glory

years before 75’s iconic Helmut Newton photograph.

In 2013, Kim Gordon half-wears a Le Smoking, photographed by Hedi Slimane as

part of his Saint Laurent music project, premiered here. A portrait series drawing on the

relationship between rock icons and the house since its earliest days, the killer move

being the artists style themselves in its seasonal and permanent collections to create an

image of their own expression.


Inaugurated when the creative shot Christopher Owens as part of Saint Laurent’s reset,

the ex-Girl was succeeded by Beck for the SS13 campaign. And follows Slimane’s history

clothing Bowie, Jagger, The Libertines, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand; his ongoing

photographic  Rock Diary featuring emerging and established talents; commissioning

show soundtracks by Daft Punk, Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees as well as shooting Sky

Ferreira for Saint Laurent’s pre-fall lookbook.


Gordon maintains the signature brilliance of a mannish woman in her picture, even nabbing

Hedi’s own scarf. Part suited she treads a tightrope familiar from Sonic Youth, a free spirited

girl with total TCB steeliness.


Courtney Love, photographed several times by Slimane over the past decade, is seen at home in

a pinstriped suit and silk ruffle shirt wigging out over her guitarLet It Bleed, Love’s ink locked in

standoff with an evening dress, is a statement Mick J has history with, cake sculpture optional.

Marilyn Manson, he who drawled “I’m not an artist but a fucking work of art” follows,

complemented by Ariel Pink who shows off his party trick with chipped nail polish. Both wear

bikers. If Yves Saint Laurent was fascinated with the arts – think of the epic Ballet Russes

collection of AW76, though not only – this quartet have a subliminal link in Hedi’s exploration

of West Coast cultural mythology.


Beyond that? They wear it well, a reminder of the magnetic insouciance

that separates a rock star with someone who is simply in a band.