Yves Saint Laurent, Remembering a Fashion Legend
In a time when new ideas are hard to come by, we remember the creative minds that continue to inspire others decades, even centuries, after. Today, we remember designer Yves Saint Laurent who would have celebrated his 77th birthday. He may no longer be alive, but his work is a vital force in the foundation of all things fashion. Most importantly, he took his clothing off the runway and made them accessible to all. He transformed the female silhouette into something modern. He established the ready-to-wear movement. Click through our slideshow to see just how his innovative ideas sparked a new fashion era.
The Trapeze Dress
The Reefer Jacket
The Safari Jacket
A continuation of his African collection, the safari jacket – more a tunic for hot countries – was an immediate success and was sold in Rive Gauche boutiques the following season. It is another Laurent staple that has been recreated by top designers all over the world.
The Sheer Blouse
Le Smoking Tuxedo
The fashion king not only pushed the envelope with clothing, he shocked the industry in the late 1970s when he included more than one black model on the runway. Martinique-native Monique Orosemane, a.k.a. Mounia, acted as his muse and launched a very successful career. Thanks to Mounia and Laurent, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Jourdan Dunn and other models of colour were later accepted into the fashion world. Mounia said of Laurent, “I was his first black muse – He helped open the door for black models. Sometimes I was his confidante, and I would sometimes inspire his creativity.”