Little can be said about the great designer Yves Saint Laurent . His exceptional work spoke for itself. Impossible not to recognize him with his thick black lenses and his incomparable style that today is a complete empire in fashion. Her designs broke social conventions of her time and she dedicated her entire career to designing pieces that empowered women. At L´Officiel we celebrate what would be his 86th birthday, with a review of his legacy.
Yves Saint Laurent paid tribute to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian with his unforgettable 1965 collection inspired by Neoplasticist paintings . Works like Composition C (III) from 1935 were reflected in dresses of the French brand and tried to be imitated around the world.
For the 1967 Belle de Jour film , Yves Saint Laurent designed the complete wardrobe for actress Catherine Deneuve and her character Séverine Serizy , a young bourgeois woman who begins extramarital affairs in a brothel. The legendary Saint Laurent wardrobe gave the protagonist fragility and sensuality at the same time, especially the iconic black dress with a white collar.
In 1983, the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated an exhibition to the designer. It was the first retrospective in the history of the museum for a designer who was still alive.
After a long career in fashion, creating a successful line of perfumes, makeup, home décor items and countless sketches and designs, the designer announced his retirement at a press conference on January 7, 2002 She finally passed away in 2008, but her legacy in fashion continues and her work is carefully filed at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris . His eternal companion for over 50 years, Pierre Bergé , continues to promote the work of the enfant terrible of fashion.
1936 Born in Oran, Algeria, on August 1.
1953 Attended the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
Dior Assistant 1954-57
1857-61 Creative Director of Dior
1962 He opened his own fashion house and presented his first collection
1993 The pharmaceutical company Sanofi takes control of the company
2000 He abandons the creative direction of his brand
2008 The designer passed away in Paris on June 1.