(August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008)
(MONSIEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT, the designer)
The house that Yves built, did not come easy nor did it happen overnight... but longtime, master couturier Yves Saint Laurent left a lasting legacy that millions of people are very familiar with.
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, 'Mondrian' day dress, F/W 1965)
YVES SAINT LAURENT LOVED FASHION... And as it was written, in 1957, at the age of 21, Laurent got his first MAJOR fashion job by succeeding Christian Dior as head designer of Dior's label (chosen by Monsieur Dior, after having been a trusty design assistant for a few years). During 1960, Laurent entered the French military, but only served a short period of time before being discharged.
(MONSIEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT, the teenager, 1954)
After the military, Laurent returned home, left his post at Dior and began designing his own, eponymous YSL label.
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, logo)
(MONSIEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT, with model muse, Mounia)
(MONSIEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT, nude, 1971 'Homme' fragrance advertisement)
Throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's, Laurent's brand became synonymous with luxury and glamour, and the YSL emblem covered everything from handbags, to sunglasses, to cigarette boxes, etc.
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, cigarettes)
Due to Laurent's deteriorating health and purported financial problems (leading up to and after his death), the YSL label has been creatively overseen by notable fashion designers, such as Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati.
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, former designer Alber Elbaz)
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, former designer Tom Ford)
(YVES SAINT LAURENT, current designer Stefano Pilati)
In 2002, Yves Saint Laurent took his last bow at the end of the runway, and in 2008, Monsieur Laurent bid adieu to the world... R.I.P!
(MONSIEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT, the legend)
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