Saint Laurent has always been a house with substantial associations to the performing arts, which are further enriched by projects such as this, Pilati said.
Starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles, the 1978 play traces the trajectory of an extramarital affair. Pilatis costumes lend a sense of the period and each characters emotional state to the drama. So Scott-Thomass Emma, a woman torn between two men, floats through her marriage and affair in a fuchsia silk dress, camel cashmere coat and armour-like YSL bags.
Pilati called the play a natural extension of the houses relationship with Scott-Thomas. [The project] grew into a true creative collaboration whereby I was able to address my fashion to a purpose, a context, a set of characters whose costumes serve to index or even symbolize their identities, he said.
Betrayal, set in the 60s and 70s, is loosely based on Pinters entanglement with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell. The reverse-chronological action begins at the end of the affair, mapping its lifespan through nine scenes about desire, relationships, and of course, betrayal.
Betrayal opens in London on 16 June.