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Yves Saint Laurent Designer Profile

The Evolution of Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent, one of today’s most renowned designers, was born in Algeria in 1936. For many years, Laurent studied fashion and took numerous classes to enhance his knowledge on designing as well as the fashion industry in general. In 1954, Laurent got his break in the fashion business and began working for one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world – Christian Dior. In 1954, while dining at a local restaurant, Christian Dior choked on a fish bone and died. After this unexpected death, Yves Saint Laurent quickly became his successor and began designing apparel and accessories under the Dior name.

In 1962, Laurent opened his very own fashion house. For many years, he enjoyed designing and selling some of the world’s most talked about designs. In 2002, after 40 years of owning his own fashion house, Laurent announced his retirement from the company. Despite the retirement of the original creator of the company, the label continues to design and distribute a large variety of designer apparel and accessories. Yves Saint Laurent, along with other high profile labels like Balenciaga and Stella McCartney, is currently a division of the Gucci Group.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Signature Style

The signature style of the Yves Saint Laurent label features a very classic approach to designer fashion. Playing up the flirty, sassy appearance of women, Yves Saint Laurent styles are flattering, form fitting and comfortable. Sexy while maintaining sophistication, their collection features a wide variety of tied shirts and skirts as well as frilly, lacy feminine pieces. Full-bottom skirts and detailed tank tops are prominent in their collection as well. Classic femininity has always been and will continue to be the defining feature of the Yves Saint Laurent label.

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