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Sunday, April 7, 2013

War begins over the legacy of Yves Saint Laurent

War has erupted over the screen legacy of Yves Saint Laurent after the late fashion designer's longtime partner threatened to sue the makers of a "warts-and-all" biopic, while backing another "official" film.

Tensions had been mounting between the two rival productions ahead of a release date for both films on the flamboyant bad boy of French fashion slated for release later this year.

In the red corner, Saint Laurent , a film directed by Bertrand Bonello, has received the go ahead from the owner of Yves Saint Laurent brand, François Pinault, to use the logo and dresses in his possession.

In the blue corner, Yves Saint Laurent , directed by Jalil Lespert, is a film which has the official blessing of Pierre Bergé, 82, the couturier's companion on and off from 1958 until his death in 2008 and the guardian of his creative legacy.

"Two films on YSL? I hold the moral rights over YSL's work, his image and mine and have only authorised Jalil Lespert. A trial on the cards?," threatened the multi-millionaire part-owner of Le Monde newspaper on his Twitter account.

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