Paris to Hollywood Exhibition Access Guide

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Favorite Couturiers: Yves Saint Laurent

Véronique discovered Yves Saint Laurent in 1962—early in his career—and the Pecks became dear friends of the designer and his partner, Pierre Bergé. Véronique exemplified Saint Laurent’s desire that his dresses allow for a woman’s self-expression. His designs amplified her ability to mix styles and accessorize in unconventional ways. She collected numerous Saint Laurent haute couture prototypes between 1962 and the 1990s, often selecting the most iconic pieces in a collection. The designer’s recurring themes of “imaginary travels” are well represented in her wardrobe, with garments inspired by India, Russia, Spain, and China.

Véronique loved the world too much to be only a Parisian. She loved Los Angeles, loved creating a home base for not only her family, but for everyone.

– Laura Dern

A Legacy of Style and Purpose

Véronique and Gregory Peck’s support for civic causes accounted for their glamorous presence at philanthropic events around the world. Before they met, Gregory was engaged in social activism and throughout his career he chose roles that reflected his humanitarian principles, such as Gentleman’s Agreement, On the Beach, and To Kill A Mockingbird. In 1971, despite his support for his son serving in the U.S. Marines, Peck produced a movie opposing the Vietnam War. He often spoke out against prejudice or discrimination. In their marriage, Véronique supported his continued efforts and was herself an extraordinary humanitarian and patron of the arts, organizing impactful fundraisers and donating time and resources to causes important to the couple. After her husband’s death in 2003, she carried on the Gregory Peck Reading Series at the Los Angeles Central Library, and in 2009 received the Library Foundation’s Light of Learning Award for her tireless efforts.

Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck is organized by the Denver Art Museum and presented by Joy Dinsdale. Additional support is provided by Bridget and John Grier, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.

The Denver Art Museum is grateful for the generous funding of the textile art and fashion department by the Avenir Foundation and Nancy Lake Benson.