Fashions fade, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent
And so it is Yves Saint Laurent, who would have turned 80 years old today.
The French couturier was born and grew up in 1936 in Oran, Algeria. When he was 17 he left for Paris, where he showed his drawings to Michel de Brunhoff, director of French Vogue. Needless to say, several had been published immediately.
Throughout the course of his four-decades career YSL designed fabulous creations that were often ahead of their time in terms of style and fashion, and changed forever the way in which women dress.
“I participated in the transformation of my era.
I did it with clothes, which is surely less important
than music, architecture, painting…
but whatever it’s worth I did it.”
Unforgettable his “Le smoking”, the legendary smoking suit introduced in 1966.
To celebrate the work of this unique couturier, we’ve compiled a list of his iconic moments.
Happy birthday, Yves Saint Laurent!
1958 Vintage Evening Dress by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior
1965 YSL’S Mondrian-inspired dresses AW 1965
1966 YSL’S ‘Le Smoking’
1967 Pinstripe paintsuit
1967 Dresses by YSL 1967
December 1967 Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue Paris
1968 Penelope Tree in YSL
1968 YSL’S Safari Jacket SS 1968
1971 Yves Saint Laurent stars in his own campaign for his fragrance “Pour Homme”
1972 Yves St. Laurent
1972 Andy Warhol’s YSL portrait
1976 Yves Saint Laurent – L’Officiel magazine
1976 Haute Couture Russia Collection
1983 The MET’S YSL Retrospective
1991 Ludmila Isaeva Malahova, Yves Saint Laurent FW Haute Couture
2002 Naomi Campbell in vintage 1971 Yves Saint Laurent in retrospective final couture show in Paris
22 Jan 2002, Paris, France – Yves Saint Laurent on the runway after his spring 2002 haute couture show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The collection and retrospective show marked the retirement of Saint Laurent. — Image by © Fairchild Photo Service/Condé Nast/Corbis