A legendary French fashion design that created an eponymous fashion label with Pierre Berge. Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) is considered one of the leading fashion designers in the 20th century. He designed dresses for his sisters and mother in his early teens, and he always liked creating intricate paper dolls. At age 17, he went to Paris and ventured into the fashion world through Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.  The ingenuity of his designs caused him to be noticed by the French Vogue editor, Michel De Brunhoff, who referred him to one of the leading giants in the fashion world Christian Dior. Dior taught Yves Saint Laurent the very basis of his art; with much influence, his style thrived and matured, becoming famous internationally. Yves Saint Laurent is known for his exceptional contributions in the fashion world, including tuxedo suit for women, use of non-white models, and non-European cultural references.

"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 1960s ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable."

- 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank

Saint Laurent--the fashion label--continued to thrive after Yves Saint Laurent's saddening death. With the help of its several creative directors that includes: Anthony Vaccarello, Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati, and Hedi Slimane.

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