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Yves Saint Laurent, some say he was the supreme designer in the fashion industry. The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the 20th century.
By: gaby schmid
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Yves Saint Laurent was founded by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé in 1962. The house is known for its refined and modern elegance, glamorizing women with items taken from the male wardrobe – the most famous interpretation of which is the classic tuxedo suit in 1966 named Le Smoking. In 2004, Stefano Pilati was appointed artistic director, resurrecting all the glamour and zeitgeist of the house in its heyday, while giving fashion more depth, feeling and richness. When he returned from service in 1962, Saint Laurent set up his own fashion house with Pierre Berg and continued to rock the establishment. In 1966, he introduced le smoking, his legendary smoking suit, which prompted the consequent androgynous revolution. He is now credited with a range of other innovations including the reefer jacket (1962), the sheer blouse (1966), and the jumpsuit (1968), as well as ready-to-wear culture as a whole. In October 1998, Yves Saint Laurent showed his last ready-to-wear collection for the Rive Gauche label he had founded more than 30 years before. Yves Saint Laurent retained control of the haute couture business and continues to show in Paris each season. These days, the reach of the Saint Laurent Empire he founded and sold on is vast: the company produces menswear, furs, jewellery, perfumes and a range of accessories, all of which are distributed worldwide.
His status as a national icon was also cemented when, at the final of the 1998 World Cup, near Paris, 300 models presented a retrospective of YSL creations, to celebrate the designer's forty years in fashion, in front of 80,000 football fans and more than 170 international sports channels. In January 2002, the 65-year-old designer announced his retirement. The news came just 16 days before he presented his final haute couture collection. In a fitting end to his 40-year career, the show constituted a thorough retrospective of his work: over an hour and a half long, it featured over 250 outfits, 40 of them new designs, and 100 models. A tearful Yves Saint Laurent took his final bow as his long-time muse, Catherine Deneuve, sang Ma Plus Belle Histoire d'Amour.
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