Expansive exhibit of the master designers creations will appeal to more than just fashion fans.

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I knew I would enjoy a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective when my family took me to see it at the Denver Art Museum in 2012. The master designer redefined women’s fashion in the 1960s: His tuxedos and pantsuits are iconic, his gowns like works of art.

What I didn’t expect was that the whole family — from children to adult men — would enjoy it as much as I did.

Which is why no one should miss Seattle Art Museum’s “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” exhibit opening today. The depth and breadth — and breathtaking beauty — of the clothes is a wonder.

The exhibition follows the trajectory of Saint Laurent’s life and career through eight thematic sections. It features 110 ensembles, including pieces from his time at Dior, work inspired by modern art, and a procession of intricate couture and evening wear.

The show also includes some garments that have never been shown publicly, as well as Saint Laurent’s “Paper Doll Couture House,” on display for the first time in the United States. The paper dolls and their wardrobes and accessories were created by the designer as a teenager, showing his burgeoning talent.

Oct. 11–Jan. 8. $25 for adult tickets; advance tickets recommended