Fashion

Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008)

The Parisian designer imagined a contrasting fashion: a subversive elegance where masculine met with femininity, street-wear with couture and where chastity and sexiness encountered. Christian Dior's prodigious successor, designed visionary garments much inspired by art that he thoroughly collected with his partner, Pierre Bergé.

Yves Saint Laurent, Dress (inspired by George Braque), photographed by Irving Penn, 1988
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress (inspired by George Braque), photographed by Irving Penn, 1988
Marina Schiano in Yves Saint Laurent Evening Dress, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff, 1970
Marina Schiano in Yves Saint Laurent Evening Dress, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff, 1970
Yves Saint Laurent and models by Henri Elwing for ELLE, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent and models by Henri Elwing for ELLE, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1992, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1992, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble (Sketch), 1989
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble (Sketch), 1989
Yves Saint Laurent polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1972
Yves Saint Laurent polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1972
Yves Saint Laurent fitting Rebecca, photographed by Pierre Boulat, 1962
Yves Saint Laurent fitting Rebecca, photographed by Pierre Boulat, 1962
Marisa Berenson in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1960s
Marisa Berenson in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1960s
Yves Saint Laurent, Mondrian Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
Yves Saint Laurent, Mondrian Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1965
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1967
Willy Van Rooy in Yves Saint Laurent Fur Coat, photographed by Hans Feurer for ELLE, Spring/Summer, 1971
Willy Van Rooy in Yves Saint Laurent Fur Coat, photographed by Hans Feurer for ELLE, Spring/Summer, 1971
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Stella Tennant for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Philippe Cometti, Fall/Winter 1999
Yves Saint Laurent in his atelier, photographed Michel Dufour, 1982
Yves Saint Laurent in his atelier, photographed Michel Dufour, 1982
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, Spring/Summer, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, Spring/Summer, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1963
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1963
Yves Saint Laurent, Le Smoking Suit, photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1975
Yves Saint Laurent, Le Smoking Suit, photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1975
Bettina Lauer in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Rico Puhlmann for Stern, 1963
Bettina Lauer in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Rico Puhlmann for Stern, 1963
Audrey Marnay  for Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Show in a 1965 dress, photographed by Tony Barson, 2002
Audrey Marnay for Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Show in a 1965 dress, photographed by Tony Barson, 2002
Yves Saint Laurent, Sketches with swatches, Fall/Winter 1976, Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Sketches with swatches, Fall/Winter 1976, Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Pantsuit, Spring/Summer 1966, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Yves Saint Laurent, Pantsuit, Spring/Summer 1966, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Naty Abascal in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, in Harper's Bazaar, 1967
Naty Abascal in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, in Harper's Bazaar, 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Yves Saint Laurent and Carla Bruni in a  1988 dress, photographed by Jean-Marie Périer, 1998
Yves Saint Laurent and Carla Bruni in a 1988 dress, photographed by Jean-Marie Périer, 1998
Yves Saint Laurent adjusting a Trapeze Dress for Dior on Svetlana Lloya, 1958
Yves Saint Laurent adjusting a Trapeze Dress for Dior on Svetlana Lloya, 1958
Bettina Lauer in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by Rico Puhlmann for Stern, 1963
Bettina Lauer in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by Rico Puhlmann for Stern, 1963
Brook Shields in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1980
Brook Shields in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1980
Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sieff, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sieff, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sieff, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent by Jeanloup Sieff, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent Smoking Suit, Fall/Winter 1966
Yves Saint Laurent Smoking Suit, Fall/Winter 1966
Violetta in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by Pierre Boulat, Spring/Summer 1962
Violetta in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by Pierre Boulat, Spring/Summer 1962
Twiggy in Yves Saint Laurent Dress from the African Collection, 1967
Twiggy in Yves Saint Laurent Dress from the African Collection, 1967
Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade directed by Alain Cavalier, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1968
Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade directed by Alain Cavalier, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1968
Dorothea McGowa in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by William Klein, 1962
Dorothea McGowa in Yves Saint Laurent Suit, photographed by William Klein, 1962
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Yves Saint Laurent by Derek Hudson, 1998
Yves Saint Laurent by Derek Hudson, 1998
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1966, Palais Galliera, Paris
Catherine Deneuve in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1966
Catherine Deneuve in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1966
Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter Campaign, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1984
Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter Campaign, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1984
Eunice W. Johnson and Yves Saint Laurent, 1970s
Eunice W. Johnson and Yves Saint Laurent, 1970s
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1970, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1970, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Charlotte Rampling in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff for Vogue, 1970
Charlotte Rampling in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Jeanloup Sieff for Vogue, 1970
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Yves Saint Laurent by Irving Penn, 1957
Yves Saint Laurent by Irving Penn, 1957
Guinevere Van Seenus in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Paolo Roversi, 1996
Guinevere Van Seenus in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Paolo Roversi, 1996
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Yves Saint Laurent, Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967
Cindy Crawford in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1990
Cindy Crawford in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1990
Linda Evangelista in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1990
Linda Evangelista in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1990
Yves Saint Laurent fitting a dress on Victoire, photographed by Pierre Boulat, 1961
Yves Saint Laurent fitting a dress on Victoire, photographed by Pierre Boulat, 1961
Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1967
Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour directed by Luis Bunuel, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1967
Katoucha Niane and Helena Barquilla in Yves Saint Laurent Dresses, Fall/Winter 1992
Katoucha Niane and Helena Barquilla in Yves Saint Laurent Dresses, Fall/Winter 1992
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Karen Mulder for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer Campaign, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1968, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1968, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Arthur Elgort, Spring/Summer 1989
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Arthur Elgort, Spring/Summer 1989
Loulou de la Falaise in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by  by Peter Knapp, 1969
Loulou de la Falaise in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by by Peter Knapp, 1969
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1970, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1970, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1970, Palais Galliera, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1970, Palais Galliera, Paris
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, photographed by Gian Paolo Barbier for Vogue, 1988
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, photographed by Gian Paolo Barbier for Vogue, 1988
Antonia in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by William Klein for Vogue, 1965
Antonia in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed by William Klein for Vogue, 1965
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, ca. 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catherine Deneuve in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed Giancarlon Botti, 1966
Catherine Deneuve in Yves Saint Laurent Dress, photographed Giancarlon Botti, 1966
Yves Saint Laurent, Fur Coat, Spring/Summer, 1971
Yves Saint Laurent, Fur Coat, Spring/Summer, 1971
Veruschka in Yves Saint Laurent Safari Suit, photographed by Franco Rubartelli, 1968
Veruschka in Yves Saint Laurent Safari Suit, photographed by Franco Rubartelli, 1968
Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent by Alice Springs, 1983
Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent by Alice Springs, 1983
Shalom Harlow for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, Spring/Summer 1993
Shalom Harlow for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, Spring/Summer 1993
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress from the African Collection, Spring/Summer 1967, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Yves Saint Laurent, Helmet Hat, ca. 1965, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Yves Saint Laurent, Helmet Hat, ca. 1965, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Paloma Picasso in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Helmut Newton, ca. 1992
Paloma Picasso in Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble, photographed by Helmut Newton, ca. 1992
Simonetta Gianfelici for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Helmut Newton, Spring/Summer 1985
Simonetta Gianfelici for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Helmut Newton, Spring/Summer 1985
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, in Harper's Bazaar, 1985
Yves Saint Laurent, Ensemble, in Harper's Bazaar, 1985
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1983, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1983, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent Campaign, photographed by Gianpaolo Barbieri, Fall/Winter 1987
Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent Campaign, photographed by Gianpaolo Barbieri, Fall/Winter 1987
Mary Russell in Yves Saint Laurent Vest and Pants, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1973
Mary Russell in Yves Saint Laurent Vest and Pants, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1973
Yves Saint Laurent for Dior, Trapeze Dress, Spring/Summer 1958, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Yves Saint Laurent for Dior, Trapeze Dress, Spring/Summer 1958, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Yves Saint Laurent Logo, designed by Cassandre, 1960
Yves Saint Laurent Logo, designed by Cassandre, 1960
Sophia Loren in Arabesque directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1966
Sophia Loren in Arabesque directed by Stanley Donen, Costume by Yves Saint Laurent, 1966
Yves Saint Laurent, Mondrian Dress, Fall/Winter 1965, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Yves Saint Laurent, Mondrian Dress, Fall/Winter 1965, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
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