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Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71.

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Yves Saint Laurent, considered by many as the greatest fashion designer of the 20th Century, has died in Paris at the age of 71.

Saint Laurent changed the face of the fashion industry when he became chief designer of the House of Dior at 21.

He designed clothes that reflected women's changing role in society: more confident personally, sexually and in the work-place.

He retired from haute couture in 2002 and had been ill for some time.

Saint Laurent died on Sunday evening in the French capital, the Pierre-Berge-Saint Laurent Foundation announced.

Pierre Berge, the designer's former business and personal partner, said he had died at his home after a long illness. He did not give details.

'I draw on woman'

"I found my style through women," Saint Laurent once said.

"That's where its strength and vitality comes from because I draw on the body of a woman."

He changed forever what women wear, introducing trouser suits, safari jackets and sweaters, BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal notes.

Saint Laurent was a great innovator, helping to revitalise haute couture while making ready-to-wear design popular.

The editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, said she had helped democratise fashion:

"Before that people had small salons for rich people.

"Saint Laurent brought it to the people.

"He was young and groovy. Pop stars were hanging out with him and younger generations related to him."

Famous French embroiderer Francois Lesage, who worked 40 years with the designer, said he was "devastated" by news of his death.

"I have never known a designer who would give so much thought to something when it was proposed to him," he told French TV.

"It is a great grief for me."

Life of ill-health

Born in the Algerian city of Oran at a time when the North African country was still considered a part of France, he had a precocious talent.

At the age of 18 he won a dress design competition, which brought him to the notice of Christian Dior.

His first collection caused a sensation with its gently flared dresses and jackets that set the mould for 1950s fashion.

Within three years, Dior had died and Yves St Laurent had taken his place. He made clothes that were elegant and sexy, reflecting women's more confident role in society.

He took the world by storm with his trouser suits, highly coloured ethnic prints and designs inspired by the art world.

Taunted as a schoolboy because of his homosexuality, Yves St Laurent suffered mental and physical ill health for much of his life and he appeared in public only rarely.

But his influence will last for years to come, our arts correspondent Razia Iqbal says.

France has lost not only its greatest fashion designer but also a cultural icon, she adds.
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banned#2
You've put an extra v in "yes". And you have also missed out the '!'.

Other than that, you make me sick! "Yes! Saint Laurent dies at 71"
#3
Oh Noessss
#4
oh didnt know he was gay
#5
aww. I've always loved his dior bits. never mind...
#6
read about this earlier
and i'm pretty sure over half of all male designers are gay
it's a shame he's dead even though i've never been able to afford any of his design.
banned#7
JDeal;2224577
You've put an extra v in "yes". And you have also missed out the '!'.

Other than that, you make me sick! "Yes! Saint Laurent dies at 71"

haha well said!

Shame though, feel bad when anyone dies no matter who, I'm sure he lived life though so R.I.P.
#8
He lived in Marrakech, in a wonderful house with a famous garden designed by Jacques Majorelle (Majorelle Gardens or Jardin Majorelle) which is open to the public (for a fee). If you ever go to Marrakech, it is well worth a visit.
#9
I will wear my YSL twill shirt today in tribute. RIP
#10
Got a couple of YSL shirts................ feel like i knew him so well :roll:


................ bloody awful shirts btw :x
#11
this stuff is tatty i think!
#12
YSL is a charva/chav brand, the t-shirts and polos can be bought in fat mikes stores (sports direct). Now Paul Smith is a proper brand, along with Lyle and Scott, D and G and Ralph Lauren. These are the sort of people in Newcastles west end that would appreciate such clothes from YSL clicky
#13
init, i though that to sports world sell em for like under tenner now, making em dirt cheap IMO!
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4241mackay
init, i though that to sports world sell em for like under tenner now, making em dirt cheap IMO!


they do as the YSL fashion house went bust... but i wont bore you with all that. :thumbsup:

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