YSL creative director Stefano Pilati has been secretly working away on a new project over the past few months - designing the costumes for the new production of Harold Pinter’s play ‘Betrayal’, which premieres at London’s Comedy Theatre on Thursday 16th June. The play charts the relationship between Pinter himself and Joan Bakewell, the minxy BBC journalist. It comprises nine scenes set at intervals between 1968 and 1977 (VERY timely, style-wise) and stars Kristin Scott-Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles. But what, you ask do the costumes look like? Well, comme ca:
Utilizing the YSL heritage, Pilati has dressed lead female character Emma (Scott-Thomas) in a very Jackie-O-circa-1974 cashmere camel coat, paired with chiffon skirts and blouses in signature Stefano Pilati patterns, alongside tweedy A line skirts and a show stopping fuchsia silk dress. Pilati told the Independent that Emma’s wardrobe is partly about ‘playing with time and innocence and its loss. Colour comes with her movements…. Her youth is more saturated and as she ages and the affair develops the colours fade with the memories’.
The chaps, meanwhile, have been clad in classic YSL suiting, along with burgundy polo necks and louche suede and leather jackets – all of which were YSL signature looks from the late 60s/early 70s when the play it set.
Pilati says that ‘YSL’s ‘participation in ‘Betrayal’ comes from the notion that a fashion house can be an active part of a conversation in the performing arts’. In fact, YSL has enjoyed a long relationship with the arts, with Monsieur Saint Laurent himself dressing Catherine Deneuve for the iconic 1967 film ‘Belle de Jour’ and Pilati himself continuing this tradition, working on an Isabelle Huppert production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in Paris in 2010 before taking on the commission for ‘Betrayal’.
Betrayal premieres on Thursday 16th June and if you’re anything like Grazia Daily (where YSL + Kristen Scott Thomas + foxy guys in suits = a very good plan) then you’ll already be on the phone for tickets.
- Alex Butt