Living: Long-Ago and Far-Away Romance

"Haute couture is opera. It is dreams and phantoms and magic," says Yves Saint Laurent, the Sun King of fashion. So it was last week at the showings of the French couture collections for autumn: high fashion had indeed become pure theater. Vanished was the sleek, pantsuited look that Saint Laurent himself once institutionalized, and his revolutionary peasant look of last year was transmuted into costumes more sumptuous, more fantastical, more opulent —and more expensive (typically $3,000 to $10,000 per outfit)—than ever before. Romanticism—from Saint Laurent's Oriental visions to Marc Bohan's fin...

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