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Yves Saint Laurent

French, 1936-2008

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.

Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics. Saint Laurent also consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.

Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.

Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.

After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.

His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.

With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plane is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

“I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style,” Saint Laurent said four years before retiring, in 2002. After a long period of ill health, he died at his home in Paris on June 1, 2008.

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An Yves Saint Laurent Couture Evening Set Numbered 65123, Circa 1989
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1989 France Haute Couture Proper Collection of Mrs Catherine Deneuve. Luxury evening set, Haute Couture skirt, blouse, jacket and belt numbered 65123 from the Yves Saint La...
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1980s French Yves Saint Laurent

  • An Yves Saint Laurent Couture Evening Set Numbered 65123, Circa 1989
  • An Yves Saint Laurent Couture Evening Set Numbered 65123, Circa 1989
  • An Yves Saint Laurent Couture Evening Set Numbered 65123, Circa 1989
  • An Yves Saint Laurent Couture Evening Set Numbered 65123, Circa 1989
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Size: Equivalent size 36/38 France
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Leather Clutch Bag Handbag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
Yves Saint Laurent vintage clutch bag, crafted in black leather. It features a flap closure on the front. 1 rear open pocket. Beige fabric lining. 1 side zip pocket inside. 'YVES SAI...
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20th Century French Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Loulou Small Puffer YSL Monogram Flap Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Saint Laurent monogram bag, decorated with metal YSL initials, featuring a leather and chain crossbody strap that can be worn doubled for shoulder carry. Made in Italy. Retail price ...
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2010s Italian Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent 1985 Vintage Black Strapless Runway Evening Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a stunning Yves Saint Laurent evening gown from the 1985 YSL runway collection. This tuxedo inspired strapless dress is in a luxurious black satin, with a collar along the st...
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1980s European Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Monogram Loulou Matelasse Chevron Large Black Leather Backpack
By Yves Saint Laurent, Saint Laurent
Located in Denver, CO
Condition: This authentic Saint Laurent backpack is in excellent pre-loved condition. There are light scratches on the hardware and minor marks in the interior/under flap. Est. Reta...
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2010s Italian Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Gold Metal Belt YSL 1989
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent is renowned for his haute couture and Rive Gauche collections, but his remarkable accessories are also worthy of acclaim. As his admirers and collaborators already...
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1980s French Yves Saint Laurent

  • Yves Saint Laurent Gold Metal Belt YSL 1989
  • Yves Saint Laurent Gold Metal Belt YSL 1989
  • Yves Saint Laurent Gold Metal Belt YSL 1989
  • Yves Saint Laurent Gold Metal Belt YSL 1989
Size: small up to 27 inch waist
WOMENS DESIGNER Saint Laurent, YSL Cabas Y Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Gorgeous Cabas Y bag from YSL in the most luscious colour – yellow. A pre-loved item in very good condition. BRAND Saint Laurent, YSL FEATURES attached clochette with padlock, det...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent

1976 Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy Wool Documented Russian Inspired Cossack Coat
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This 1976 YSL burgundy red wool Cossack style coat is an iconic piece from Yves Saint Laurent. This incredible coat was inspired by the Haute Couture Ballet Russes Collection and the...
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1970s European Yves Saint Laurent

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