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Yves Saint Laurent (FRENCH ALGERIA, 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.

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 plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent 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.

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YSL Arty Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Mauve and gold ring from Yves Saint Laurent. Featuring an abstract design and crafted from gold plated metal. Colour: Purple & Gold Composition: Gold plated metal Condition: ...
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YVES SAINT LAURENT "Cherry" Rutilated Quartz Statement Cocktail Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
YVES SAINT LAURENT "Cherry" Rutilated Quartz Statement Cocktail Ring Measurements: Length: 1.57 inches (4 cm) Height: 0.84 inch (2.15 cm) Width: 1.10 inches (2.8 cm) Size: US7 or E...
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YVES SAINT LAURENT "Cherry" Rutilated Dome Quartz Statement Cocktail Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
YVES SAINT LAURENT "Cherry" Rutilated Quartz Statement Cocktail Ring Measurements: Length: 1.57 inches (4 cm) Height: 0.94 inch (2.4 cm) Width: 1.10 inches (2.8 cm) Size: US7 or EU5...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Rings

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Arabesques Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned ring featuring an openwork arabesques design embellished with multicolored crystals. Embossed YSL. Indicative measurements : inner circumferen...
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20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Rings

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rare Massive Runway Sterling Silver Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT uber rare massive runway sterling silver ring. Fall 2002 Colection. Cast sterling silver with antique patina featuring a black velvet medallion at center meant t...
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Yves Saint Laurent Silver-Plated Malachite Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Yves Saint Laurent contemporary Silver-plated malachite ring with wide band. Size: 6.5. Comes in velvet pouch. Minimal wear.
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A FABULOUS CREATION FROM TOM FORD ERA YSL Sterling Silver and Black Velvet Cocktail Ring Size 6 3/4 Yves Saint Laurent Metal: Sterling Silver Fall/Winter 2002
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Yves Saint Laurent Oval Stone Ring
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Floral Cocktail Ring Pink Rhinestone Heart sz 6.75
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Vintage 1980s gorgeous jeweled cocktail ring by YVES SAINT LAURENT, YSL Paris. Floral shape with large band in gold plated metal ornate with rhinestone in pear shape. Assorted color ...
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Yves Saint Laurent Purple Cabochon Arty Gold Tone Ring Size 57
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YVES SAINT LAURENT Arty Ring By Stefano Pilati
By Yves Saint Laurent
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Very beautiful YSL SAINT LAURENT ring from the arty dots series by Stefano Pilati in gold metal set with black, beige and amber pearls. The mark is engraved on the ring on the outsid...
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Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Tone & Turquoise Arty Ring
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Product details: Gold-tone Arty ring by Yves Saint Laurent. Wide band. Turquoise stone at center. 1.5" height, 3" length, 0.63" width. Condition: Pre-owned. Very good. Light scratche...
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Yves Saint Laurent Gunmetal & Green Stone Arty Ring
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Gunmetal Arty ring by Yves Saint Laurent. Wide band. Dark green stone at center. 1.5" height, 2.88" length, 0.5" width. Condition: Pre-owned. Very good. Light scratc...
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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Cocktail Ring Gripoix Poured Glass Cabochon sz 8
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