IN PICTURES | Remembering Yves Saint Laurent's fashion genius
On the 10th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent's death, we look back at some of the standout pieces from the iconic French designer's fashion career
From the Mondrian dress and the women's tuxedo to the safari jacket and thigh boots, master couturier Yves Saint Laurent's most iconic designs will forever be referenced in the history of fashion in France and beyond.
On the 10th anniversary of the legendary designer's death on June 1 2008 in Paris, we look back at some of the key moments and standout pieces from Saint Laurent's career in fashion:
1958: TRAPEZE COLLECTION FOR DIOR
Shortly after taking the helm of the Dior fashion house, following the death of Christian Dior, Saint Laurent presented his "Trapèze" collection which broke rank with the fashion norms of the day. Needless to say, it was a hit.
1962: FIRST HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION FOR YSL
Saint Laurent presents his first haute couture collection from his own fashion house, founded a few months earlier in partnership with Pierre Bergé. January 29, 1962.
1965: THE MONDRIAN DRESS
One of Saint Laurent's most iconic creations is the Mondrian dress, which featured in his Autumn/Winter 1965/66 collection.
This straight dress with distinctive blocks of color and graphic black lines was inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian.
1966: THE WOMEN'S TUXEDO
Intrinsic to Saint Laurent's fashion heritage, the women's tuxedo, created in 1966, remains a womenswear essential to this day.
1968: THE SAFARI JACKET
1968 brought another iconic creation: the safari jacket. Saint Laurent once again drew inspiration from menswear wardrobes to reinvent women's fashion, while also playing with military inspirations.
1988: A SARTORIAL CELEBRATION OF PICASSO
The art world and the fashion world collided once again in Saint Laurent's Spring/Summer 1988 haute couture collection. This time, the designer celebrated the work of Pablo Picasso with a series of dresses.
1998: BRINGS FASHION TO THE FOOTBALL PITCH
Before the FIFA World Cup Final on July 12 1998, Saint Laurent staged a huge fashion show at the Stade de France featuring hundreds of models who formed the YSL logo on the pitch.
2002: ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT
Saint Laurent held a press conference in Paris to announce his retirement from fashion design.
2002: RETROSPECTIVE SHOW COVERING 40 YEARS IN FASHION
The fashion world headed to Paris' Centre Pompidou to see a retrospective of Saint Laurent's work. Star supermodels walked the runway in iconic pieces created by the master designer.