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10 Years Without Yves Saint Laurent

02/06/2018

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.

 

In his workshop in 1950

 

In his workshop

 

Yves Saint Laurent in his workshop in 1957

 

Yves Saint Laurent with his models, 60s

 

Yves Saint Laurent in his workshop in 1961

 

Mondrian Dress, 1965

 

 

In his studio in 1965

 

Le smoking 1966

 

Le smoking 1966

 

YSL, 1967

 

Catherine Deneuve. Belle du Jour, 1967

 

Safari Jacket, 1968

 

Military style, 1969

 

Danielle Sauvajeon in a velvet skirt & a long-sleeved sheer ‘cigaline’ top by YSL, FW 1968, 1969

 

 

 

Shirt Dress, 1970

 

YSL’S 1971 POUR HOMME ADVERT

 

 

Farrah Fawcett-Majors in Yves Saint Laurent, 1978

 

Bianca Jagger, 1979

 

YSL Portrait by Andy Warhol

 

In his studio in 1982

 

YSL in his final RTW collection in 1988

 

Ludmila Isaeva Malahova, Yves Saint Laurent FW Haute Couture, 1991

 

 

Laetitia Casta in a floral wedding dress during the Saint Laurent haute couture Springsummer show, 1999

 

 

Naomi Campbell in vintage 1971 Yves Saint Laurent in retrospective final couture show. Paris, January 2002

 

 

YSL in his final couture show in Paris, January 2002

 

 

By Enxhi Tufina

 

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