Yves Saint Laurent comes to the North-East

We are so very excited here at Houndgate Townhouse that an exhibition of clothing from one of fashion's greatest designers - Yves Saint Laurent - is making its UK debut just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from us, at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
— Yves Saint Laurent

Whereby most fashion exhibitions of this type typically show at prestigious London museums, such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert, Yves Saint Laurent's partner and head of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé, has chosen the Bowes Museum in County Durham as "its location also clearly reflects Saint Laurent’s, and my own, passion for inspiring, timeless places. It is the perfect setting for us - a museum built as a French chateau

YSL has been credited with creating the "modern woman's wardrobe", with arguably the most famous and influential fashion pieces being the colour block "Mondrian" dress (pictured), "Le Smoking" tuxedo suit and the "Safari" jacket.

Our package includes afternoon tea with a glass of house champagne each on arrival, an overnight stay in one of our eight individually designed bedrooms and breakfast the following morning - click here to book, making sure you choose the YSL Fashion Package option.

Click here to buy tickets to the Exhibition.

Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent, Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty
— Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk

Love YSL and travel? Check out the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco, which Saint Laurent and his partner bought in 1980, and was an unlimited source of inspiration for the designer. We also love the yearly Yves Saint Laurent "Love" posters on display in the adjacent gallery - check out a selection here - which one is your favourite?

Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page as we'll be launching a competition to win a special YSL Houndgate Townhouse Fashion Package soon ...

Luxe Magazine Jan Feb 2014 Fashion Shoot

Last month we were excited when the fashion team from regional magazine Luxe, which champions itself as "celebrating the best things about life in the North East", paid us a visit. They were shooting a fashion piece on "Light and Shade" with the byline, "Get a taste of bright days to come." The results in pages 40 to 48 certainly brightened our day! To see the whole magazine online, click here: http://issuu.com/remembermedialimited/docs/luxe_iss32_issuu

Images courtesy of Luxe Magazine.

Paintings of the Spanish Golden Age: The Collections of County Durham

You may have read in the Sunday Times this weekend that this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday, three of County Durham's historic venues (Auckland Castle, The Bowes Museum and Durham University) are holding conferences based around the plethora of Spanish Art held in the region.

The full programme of events can be viewed by clicking here.

To book, contact Rosie Bradford, Groups & Events Co-ordinator at The Bowes Museum at symposium@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or 01833 694615. All three venues are within a 35 minute drive from us at Houndgate Townhouse, Darlington.