CELEBRATION by Olivier Meyrou - YSL Documentary: The Canadian Premiere

Toronto based fashion events startup Archival Toronto is brining another exciting piece of fashion cinema to the city.

After 12 years, Celebration by Olivier Meyrou will finally be making its Canadian premiere.


Banned by Yves Saint Laurent’s business partner Pierre Bergé from release after its initial screening in 2007, this documentary gives a rare backstage glimpse at YSL and his couturier, following them from sketching and developing the house’s final collection, leading up to his retirement in 2002.

The depiction of an aging, ailing Saint Laurent moments before his departure from the fashion house is said to have incensed Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s life and business partner, who blocked the release of the film. It wasn’t until the end of 2015, seven years after Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, Bergé finally approved the documentary’s official release.

After intense restoration work the film made its release debut on November 2018.

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As Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest Parisian haute couture designers, draws the sketches for his final collection, behind the scenes, Pierre Bergé manages a series of events to celebrate the fashion icon as a modern myth. Immersed inside the couture house during YSL’s final two years, documentary filmmaker Olivier Meyrou’s camera films the YSL-Bergé duo.


Archival Toronto is a Toronto, ONT based fashion start-up that aims to “Empower the local creative community.” Their goal is to make contemporary fashion history accessible in Toronto to inspire a new generation of creatives to continue pushing boundaries and find their voice in the ever-shifting fashion landscape.

Archival Toronto, known for their first of its kind bi-annual archive fashion focused pop-ups, brings rare and obscure archive fashion pieces from significant post-contemporary designers like Helmut Lang, Raf Simons, Rei Kawakubo and Martin Margiela, and makes them accessible to local collectors in a unique hyper curated way. Archival Toronto is now moving towards organizing culturally significant events that can empower a greater sense of appreciation for fashion history in the hopes of building an empowered creative community, linked by mutual interest and is always hungry to learn and create.

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