Tuesday, June 3, 2008


A famous fashion icon has departed late Sunday. He is Yves Henri Donat Matthieu Saint Laurent or simply Yves Saint Laurent. He died of brain tumor at the age of 71 in his Paris home and will be buried on Thursday.

He was born in Algeria and arrived in Paris in the early 50's with a portfolio of sketches that he submitted to the famous Vogue magazine. His collection of works were inspired by the artists Picasso and Andy Warhol. His long-time partner have spoken highly of him saying that he was the first to put women in men's clothes such as pants and the first to hire black models. Some of the designs that symbolized him were Safari, Le Smoking, Belle de Jour, the see-through clothes, and ethnic. He used to describe his fashion style as empowering women. He represented the style of modern working women. Aside from clothes, he also had collections of perfumes and accessories such as bags and sunglasses. In the year 2002, he stepped down and retired from the fashion world.

Saint Laurent once said he felt "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." May he rest in peace.

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