Glamour, genius and rivalry at the disco: the Paris fashion scene of the 1960s and 70s had all the makings of a blockbuster movie. So its fitting that filmmakers are preparing to bring the life story of Yves Saint Laurent, of one of the eras main players, to the big screen.
Saint Laurent is the subject of a forthcoming biopic directed by Frances Bertrand Bonello. And Bonello has found his Yves: Gaspard Ulliel, a 27-year-old French actor, won the role after a huge audition process.
The role represents a breakthrough for Ulliel, who may be more recognisable as the face of Chanels Bleu de Chanel fragrance than as an actor (though he did play the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007s Hannibal Rising.)
The film will focus on Saint Laurents rise to prominence in the 60s and early 70s, leading to his landmark Russian collection in 1976.
Bonello isnt the only filmmaker with his eye on Saint LaurentJalil Lespert is also working on a biopic of the designer. Lespert may not have a lanky dreamboat of a lead like Ulliel (that we know of), but he does have the support of Pierre Berge, Saint Laurents partner.
Do we sense a new rivalry brewing? And what would Karl Lagerfeld say?