Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashions fade, style is eternal" - Yves Saint Laurent

  • Summary

Early Life


Born in 1936 and raised in Oran, Algeria, Saint Laurent’s natural talent for design became apparent at a young age, and at seventeen years old he left for Paris – his aim, to work for a major fashion house. In the end he would exceed that goal, setting a still-unbroken industry record by becoming head creative director of a major fashion house, the House of Dior, at only 21 years old after the untimely death of Christian Dior.

Design Career



Upon arriving in Paris, Saint Laurent managed to arrange a meeting with the director of Vogue magazine, Michel de Brunhoff, who took a shine to the precocious boy. Impressed with his sketches, he had several of them published.
After Saint Laurent had spent some time at a presitious fashion school, honing his raw talent, an introduction between Saint Laurent and Christian Dior was organised by the magazine director. This encounter eventually led to one of the most famous and successful alliances in fashion history.
Christian Dior hired the young Saint Laurent as his assistant, and until Dior's sudden death from a heart attack in 1957, he was his best designer. After this, Saint Laurent took over as the new figurehead of the Dior brand.
Soon after that, Yves Saint Laurent opened fashion house, before the age of 30 – his achievements in the usually impenetrable Parisian fashion scene were astounding. His first collection for the line, Ligne Trapéze, earned him global recognition and critical acclaim.

Personal life


With his fashion empire established, Saint Laurent retired in 2002. Sadly he only enjoyed his retirement for a few years, before he lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71, in June 2008. Shorlty before his death, he married long-term partner Pierre Berge.

Offical website


www.ysl.com



 
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