Get to know: Yves Saint Laurent

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“Fashion fades, style is eternal”  - Yves Saint Laurent 

Yves Henri Donat Matthieu Saint Laurent graced the world on August 1, 1936, in Oran, Algeria, to Charles and Lucienne Andrée Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. Raised in a villa by the Mediterranean alongside his two younger sisters, Michelle and Brigitte.

In his teenage years, Yves Saint Laurent left Algeria for the enchanting streets of Paris, where he embarked on a transformative journey working for the legendary Christian Dior. It was here that his progress in dress design earned him recognition. In 1966, he took the plunge and unveiled his own fashion label, propelling himself into the spotlight with groundbreaking designs, one of them being tuxedos for women. 

At 18, Saint Laurent moved to Paris, enrolling at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, where his designs quickly captured attention. His introduction to the influential Christian Dior, marked a turning point in his career. The era of pop culture and a hunger for original designs played into Saint Laurent's hands, catapulting his creations to the forefront of the fashion scene. Over the next two decades, his designs reigned supreme, outfitting women in blazers, smoking jackets, and introducing runway sensations like the pea coat, sheer blouse, and jumpsuit.




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