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

01 June 2018 - 13:25 By AFP Relaxnews
French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in his Paris studio, January 1982.
French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in his Paris studio, January 1982.
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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:

A look from Yves Saint Laurent's 'Trapeze' collection for Dior. February 4 1958.
A look from Yves Saint Laurent's 'Trapeze' collection for Dior. February 4 1958.
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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.

Yves Saint Laurent surrounded by models after presenting the first haute couture collection for YSL. January 29 1962.
Yves Saint Laurent surrounded by models after presenting the first haute couture collection for YSL. January 29 1962.
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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. 

Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dress. August 16 1965.
Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dress. August 16 1965.
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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.

Yves Saint Laurent's iconic women's tuxedo. February 15 1967.
Yves Saint Laurent's iconic women's tuxedo. February 15 1967.
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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. 

Yves Saint Laurent's iconic safari jacket. February 8 1969.
Yves Saint Laurent's iconic safari jacket. February 8 1969.
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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.

A Picasso-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent. January 27 1988.
A Picasso-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent. January 27 1988.
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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.  

Models form the YSL logo on the pitch at the Stade de France.
Models form the YSL logo on the pitch at the Stade de France.
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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. 

Yves Saint Laurent at a press conference in Paris on January 7 2002.
Yves Saint Laurent at a press conference in Paris on January 7 2002.
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2002: ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Saint Laurent held a press conference in Paris to announce his retirement from fashion design.

Claudia Schiffer walks the runway during the YSL retrospective fashion show in Paris. January 22 2002.
Claudia Schiffer walks the runway during the YSL retrospective fashion show in Paris. January 22 2002.
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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.


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