Monday, June 2, 2008

In Memory of Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008)

Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. In the late 50's, he took over the House of Dior at the young age of 21. He went on create many iconic looks for Christian Dior and for his own Yves Saint Laurent line, including le smoking (the women's tuxedo jacket) and Beatnik chic (black leather jacket, knit turtleneck, and high boots). He was well-known for empowering women with his designs and for being one of the first couturiers to hire black models to walk the runway. He was also the only living designer to ever have an exhibit held in his honor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the age of 71. You can read more about his life and work here.

In tribute to the legendary designer, we're asking Polyvore members to create sets in his honor that either use Yves Saint Laurent items or capture the spirit of le smoking and beatnik chic. The winning looks will be chosen by the Polyvore team and included in the Featured Sets section on the homepage. Please add your sets here.

Yves Saint Laurent in 1966
The famous le smoking


Ella Campella said...

Chanel gave women liberty, Yves Saint-Laurent gave them power.

Angie said...

I didn't think she was THAT great...