It has been 10 years since the death of an amazing fashion designer who revolutionized the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent was born in 1936 and grew up in Oran, Algeria. Since the early teen years he started designing clothes for his mom and sisters. Later on, he moved to Paris where Christian Dior himself became his teacher and helped him master his art. The designer has always referred to his designs as “minor art”, but later he added that “maybe it is not so minor after all”.
Yves used to find inspiration in art, especially in paintings of Mondrian, Picasso and Matisse. One can never forget the most famous dress, the Mondrian dress, which is considered as a fashion treasure. The designer is also recognized for the amazing womenswear suits of the `60s, which had a masculine tailoring, and became a phenomenon: the safari suit, the reefer jacket, the sheer blouse and the jumpsuit.
The designer remained at the reigns of his fashion house until 2002 when he took his final bow in tears as his muse, Catherine Devenue, sang Ma Plus Belle Histoire D’Amour. As a celebration to his wonderful years as a fashion designer and the valuable legacy he has left behind, we bring you some of the designer’s creations and private moments of his life.
By Enxhi Tufina