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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Closing Out the Tri-fecta...

...Legendary Designer Yves Saint Laurent Dies, at 71

Yves Saint Laurent, who died today of a long illness, was probably the most influential and enduring designer of the 20th century. Saint Laurent created classic styles that remain stylish decades later and are worn by most of the Hollywood elite.

In 1954, at the age of 18, Saint Laurent enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale school of haute couture where he was a student all of three months before he was introduced to Christian Dior.

Dior, the most renowned designer of that period, was so impressed with Saint Laurent's talent that he hired him at once. In 1957 Dior died suddenly and Saint Laurent was named head of the 'House of Dior'; he was 21.

Only a few years later, during a brief stint in the military when he was drafted in 1960, Saint Laurent suffered his first bout with depression. He would be haunted by depression for the rest of his carrier and life.
Despite this condition, he went on to revolutionize men's and especially women's fashion.

Yves Saint Laurent: "fashion was not only supposed to make women beautiful, but to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to come to terms with themselves."