Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Happy 75th Birthday Yves Saint Laurent!

The late & great Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, who would have been 75 years old yesterday, had a huge influence on the fashion industry & myself. He's credited for provoking couture's rise from its "sixties ashes" and being the first designer to use ethnic models on his runway. At the age of 17, he was hired as an assistant to couturier Christian Dior. [dream life!]

 Dior died 4 years later, and YSL was named head of House of Dior. In 1961, he opened his own fashion house, which quickly lead to his fame. 

His sketches are so inspiring!

That's the most women of color I've ever seen on a runway...& that was 24 years ago.

"YSL’s dominion over his label continued to 1987, when he resigned after a collection featuring $100,000 bejeweled day jackets." source
Ten years later in 1997, the house of YSL menswear was relaunched under Heidi Slimane, and womenswear was launched a year after that under Alber Elbaz [who is now the creative director of Lanvin]. After Elbaz departed in 1999, Tom Ford was brought in, much to Saint Laurent's disdain. 
Tom Ford resigned from YSL in 2004 [along with Gucci Group, where he was also creative director]. 

YSL was 1 of the 3 fashion designers silk screened by Andy Warhol; the other two were Halston and Diane Von Furstenburg. I love this piece! 

Le Smoking Suit, created by Yves back in 1966, was one of the first popular suit looks for women. Dope!

In 1983 Yves Saint Laurent became the first living designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition.
This man was everything! 
I know you guys love my quick history lessons! ;) 
And once again, pardon my hiatus...I'll do better.
xo Joelle

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