Few things gave Yves Saint Laurent greater pleasure than to see a woman looking stunning in one of his designs. “The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves,” he once said. “but for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there.”
Let’s take a look back to 5 fun facts about Yves Saint Laurent
1. He Worked For Dior
At the age of 18, Yves Saint Laurent worked for Dior. “Dior fascinated me,” he later recalled. “I couldn’t speak in front of him. he taught me the basis of my art. Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at his side.” At the age of 21, he became the creative director at Dior and remained until 1960 when he was called back to his home country of Algeria to join the army.
2. He Feminized The Male Wardrobe
Yves Saint Laurent was the one who succeeded femininzing the basic shapes in almost the entire male wardrobe. He is most known for his “Le Smoking” tuxedo jacket, for his see-through blouses, for his peasant blouses, bolero jackets and even pantsuits and smocks.
3. He Posed Nude
Apparently, Yves Saint Laurent posed nude for his first eau de toilette for me, Pour Homme in 1971. Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent business partner, said about the image, “It was just provocation on the part of Yves Saint Laurent. The picture didn’t specifically target the gay population, even though it resonated strongly among them.”
4. He Created Prêt-à-porter Line in France
Yves Saint Laurent was the first French designer to create prêt-à-porter line to democratize fashion and make it easily available to more people. He was also the first designer to use ethnic models in his shows.
5. He Owned A Moroccan Garden
Judging from his rich life it would seem that Saint Laurent was a most passionate man. Amongst these passions, Morocco. There is no wonder the man owned some highly impressive properties in Marrakech and Tangier. The mesmerising blue in a sea of greens is one of Morocco’s must-sees for visitors who now get to explore its lush gardens.