Iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent died today at the age of 71. Laurent began his fashion career as assistant to Christian Dior and became head designer at 22 after Dior’s death in 1957. In 1962 Yves Saint Laurent founded his eponymous label. Saint Laurent is one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the 20th century and he is credited with making the women’s trouser a staple. He is also famous for, among other things, his Mondrian collection, dressing Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour and Le Smoking (famously worn by Bianca Jagger on her wedding day). He was the first living designer honored by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fashion and art world suffered a great loss today. Yves Saint Laurent’s contributions will be felt for decades to come.
More photos after the jump . . .
- Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection Finds New Home at the Met
- “Voyages Extraordinaires” – YSL
- M.I.S.S. Michelle’s Culture Club: Don’t Miss Yves Saint Laurent at the de Young Museum – Nov 1, 2008 – April 5, 2009
- “Nan Kempner: American Chic” Opens Today at the de Young Museum in San Francisco
- John Galliano Honored by the French Legion of Honour