“Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?” ― Yves Saint Laurent – Spring/Summer 2021

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“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 
― Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent SAS, also known as Saint Laurent, is a French luxury fashion house founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. The company revived its haute couture collection in 2015 under former Creative Director Hedi Slimane. In April 2016, Anthony Vaccarello was appointed as Creative Director. Wikipedia

AFTER MONTHS of speculation, Gucci, the fashion label synonymous with luxury and glamour, announced yesterday that it had finally snapped up Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most prized fashion labels.Nov 16, 1999.

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” 
― Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

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Alternative Title: Yves-Henri-Donat-Mathieu Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent, in full Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint Laurent, (born August 1, 1936, Oran, Algeria—died June 1, 2008, Paris, France), French fashion designer noted for his popularization of women’s trousers for all.

After completing his secondary education in Oran, Algeria, Saint Laurent left for Paris to pursue a career in designing theatrical costumes and women’s fashions. He attended fashion school for a short time and won first prize in an international design contest. When a Vogue magazine executive showed Christian Dior some of Saint Laurent’s sketches, he was hired immediately as Dior’s assistant. He was 17 years old at the time.

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” 
― Yves Saint Laurent

After induction into the French army in 1960, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous collapse and was replaced at the House of Dior by designer Marc Bohan. In 1962 Saint Laurent opened his own fashion house and quickly emerged as one of the most influential designers in Paris. He popularized trousers for women for both city and country wear. Metallic and transparent fabrics were prominent in his late 1960s collections; in the ’70s, inspired by traditional Russian costume, he introduced the haute peasant look. During that time his enterprises expanded to include ready-to-wear licenses, accessories, household linens, fragrances (notably Y [1964], Rive Gauche [1971], and Opium [1977]), and men’s clothes in addition to his couture business.

“Rien n’est plus beau qu’un corps nu. Le plus beau vêtement qui puisse habiller une femme ce sont les bras de l’homme qu’elle aime. Mais, pour celles qui n’ont pas eu la chance de trouver ce bonheur, je suis là.” 
― Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint LaurentYves Saint Laurent, 1965.Reg Lancaster—Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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In 1983 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City held a retrospective of Saint Laurent’s designs. He sold the ready-to-wear business to Gucci for some $1 billion in 1999 and shut down the couture house when he retired in 2002. In 2007 Saint Laurent was made a grand officer of the Legion of Honour. Two years later the art collection he had assembled with his partner, Pierre Bergé, was auctioned in Paris for more than $260 million, a record price for a private art collection. In 2017 a museum dedicated to his work opened in his former haute couture house in Paris and another in a building by architecture firm Studio KO of patterned terra-cotta in Marrakech, Morocco.

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery” 
― Yves Saint Laurent

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