YSL (Yves Saint-Laurant)
monogram; Fashion letters.; Chic monogram; Designer initials;
Haute couture monogram
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pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic,
by fashion ~ Yves Saint Laurent
Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent
(August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008), was a French fashion
designer, one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985,
Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently
celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five
years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the
couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering
ready-to-wear reputable." He is also credited with having
introduced the tuxedo suit for women, became the first designer
to use ethnic models in his runway shows, and referenced other
non-European cultures in his work.
trilogy of documentaries have been made about Saint Laurent's
life: David Teboul's "Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and
Times" (2002), "Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau
75116 Paris" (2002), and Pierre Thoretton's "L'Amour
Yves Saint Laurent boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills,
Saint Laurent was born in Oran, Algeria; left for Paris after
secondary school to pursue a fashion career; and at 17 was hired
as couturier Christian Dior's assistant. When Dior died four
years later, he was named head of the House of Dior. In 1961,
Saint Laurent opened his own fashion house and quickly emerged as
one of the world's most influential and spectacular designers.
1983, Saint Laurent became the first living fashion designer to
be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo
exhibition. In 2001, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the
Légion d'Honneur by French president Jacques Chirac. He
retired in 2002 and became increasingly reclusive, living at his
homes in Normandy and Morocco with his pet French Bulldog Moujik.
also created a foundation with Bergé in Paris to trace the
history of the house of YSL, complete with 15,000 objects and
5,000 pieces of clothing.
favorite among his female clientele, Saint Laurent had numerous
muses that inspired his work. Chief among these was the Somali
supermodel Iman, whom he once described as his "dream
woman." Other muses included Loulou de la Falaise, the
daughter of a French marquis and an Anglo-Irish fashion model;
Betty Catroux, the half-Brazilian daughter of an American
diplomat and wife of a French decorator; Talitha Pol-Getty;
French actress Catherine Deneuve; Nicole Dorier, a YSL top model
in 1978–83, who became one of his assistants in organizing
his runway shows and, later, the "memory" of his house
when it became a museum; Guinean-born Senegalese supermodel
Katoucha Niane; supermodel Laetitia Casta, who was the bride in
his shows in 1997–2002.
2007, he was awarded the rank of Grand officier de la Légion
d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
died June 1, 2008 of brain cancer at his residence in Paris.
According to The New York Times, a few days before he died, Saint
Laurent and Bergé were joined in a same-sex civil union
known as a Pacte civil de solidarité (PACS) in France. He
was survived by his mother and sisters; his father had died in
body was cremated and his ashes scattered in Marrakech, Morocco,
in the Majorelle Garden, a botanical garden that he often visited
to find inspiration and refuge. Bergé said at the funeral
service: “But I also know that I will never forget what I
owe you and that one day I will join you under the Moroccan
palms” (translated from French). The funeral attendants
included Empress Farah Pahlavi, Madame Chirac, and President
Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife at the time. Forbes rated Saint
Laurent the top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.
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