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10 Years Without Yves Saint Laurent


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





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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