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Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Profile

Birth date: August 1, 1931
Country: France
Brand Name: Yves Saint Laurent
Labels: Yves Saint Laurent
Other Product Lines: Fragrances, Cosmetics, Eyewear

Overview

In 1955, Yves Saint Laurent was hired as a design assistant by Christian Dior. His spectacular career launched after he was appointed as Dior’s successor, following the designer’s sudden death. In 1961, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge founded their own fashion house. Although his first collection received moderate reviews, he went on to take Paris by storm in 1965 with his famed "Mondrian" dresses. Over the years, fashion greats such as Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford have headed the YSL fashion empire. Since 2012, Hedi Slimane has been appointed creative director at YSL, rebranding the fashion house as Saint Laurent and controversially moving the design studio from Paris to Los Angeles.

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Designer Facts

Top Facts:

  • Yves Saint Laurent was born in Algeria to a wealthy French colonial family.
  • Saint Laurent is one of the most important designers of the 20th-century, taking credit for many fashion innovations, such as sheer clothing, le smoking tuxedos, and safari suits.
  • He was also one of the first couturiers to embrace ready-to-wear fashion, launching his Rive Gauche shops in 1966.
  • During his design career, Saint Laurent passionately designed for film, opera, and ballet.
  • In 2002, Saint Laurent retired from the fashion business, and six years later became terminally ill with brain cancer.