Monday, June 2, 2008

Good Bye Yves Saint Laurent

Legendary designer Saint Laurent, died last Sunday at his home in Paris after suffering from brain cancer for a year at age 71.

Born in Algeria, Saint Laurent moved to Paris when he was a teenager to work at Dior house and soon after he started working on his own brand called YSL. Few gentleman has been as influential as him in 20th century fashion. In the early 60s he was probably the most daring fashion designer of his time with designing almost androgynous- and sometimes even masculine clothes such as blazers, trousers, safari jackets and vests formed for female body that remain stylish years later. To him, fashion would not only make woman look beautiful but also to give her confidence.

"Chanel gave women freedom" and Saint Laurent "gave them power," Berge said on France-Info radio. Saint Laurent was a "true creator," going beyond the aesthetic to make a social statement, Berge said.

"In this sense he was a libertarian, an anarchist and he threw bombs at the legs of society. That's how he transformed society and that's how he transformed women."
In his own words, Saint Laurent once said he felt "fashion was not only supposed to make women beautiful, but to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to come to terms with themselves."
(via Yahoo news)

I will always remember YSL legendary with his Mondrian dress from 1965. "As the sack dress evolved in the 1960s into the modified form of the shift, Saint Laurent realized that the planarity of the dress was an ideal field for color blocks. Knowing the flat planes of the 1960s canvases achieved by contemporary artists in the lineage of Mondrian, Saint Laurent made the historical case for the artistic sensibility of his time. Yet he also demonstrated a feat of dressmaking, setting in each block of jersey, piecing in order to create the semblance of the Mondrian order and to accommodate the body imperceptibly by hiding all the shaping in the grid of seams."

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