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The Icon: Yves Saint Laurent



On 1 June 2009, the fashion world will commemorate the one-year anniversary of fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent’s death. A name, an individual so synonymous with beauty and elegance, his legacy stands out amongst a pool of already inspirational designers of his generation.

He gave us everything for the sake of fashion, even his sanity. Throughout the decades, Yves gave us the beatnik look, the trapeze dress, the safari jacket, vintage silhouettes, and the famous tuxedo suit for women Le Smoking. He gave us the prêt-a-porter (ready-to-wear) French haute couture line. He gave us dark models on the runway, beauty in haute couture, and sexual masculinity in female attire. With the stress of mass production every year, he also gave up his health and after years of alcohol and drug abuse he died of brain cancer on 1 June 2008.

He was as simple and sexy as black and white. Yet his passion and innovation spoke in colours. A timeless genius, a poet on the runway, a Picasso of fabric. As his lifelong collection of art went on auction last year, it became apparent that everything he did, owned, and created exhibited crisp, graceful style. “Fashion fades. Style is eternal,” and from his very own words we witness the eternality of Yves Saint Laurent’s pioneering style.

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