Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent has been described as the ‘Prince of Fashion’ and a fashion genius.
The inspirational designer behind the Mondrian collection in 1965 which was based on the Dutch artist’s paintings and ‘le smoking’ (a man’s tuxedo jacket) died this year at the age of 71. Saint Laurent is argued to have done more to advance fashion than any other designer of his generation.
His greatest contribution to the fashion world was to elevate pieces like the peasant blouse and raffia-bordered tribal skirts to huate-stylistic standards.
Saint Laurent will be missed by millions of women who feel his cloths have altered their way of dressing and by colleagues and other designers who have borrowed heavily from his designs.
On the day of his retirement in 2002, Saint Laurent stated ‘I have known fear and the terrors of solitude. I have known those fair-weather friends we call tranquilizers and drugs. I have known the prison of depression and the confinement of hospital. But one day, I was able to come through all of that, dazzled yet sober.’
We will miss this inspirational iconic figure.