Yves Saint Laurent
Report from Yves Saint-Laurent's headquarters, where people are feverishly running about for the great clothing designer's final fashion show. Yves Saint-Laurent talks about his fashion and his retirement.
In 2002, Yves Saint Laurent retired after forty years or career, turning a page in fashion's history, that of classic and timeless elegance that managed to revolutionise its era. In 1962, after having worked for Christian Dior, Saint Laurent founded his legendary fashion house with Pierre Bergé.
Born in Oran in 1936, the designer would give his letters of nobility to the colonial Saharan city and would be the first to use black models in his famous androgynous tuxedos, quite audacious in the conservative France of De Gaulle. That was where some of the black-rimmed spectacled designer's great classics emerged, the champion of French chic. Another French icon, Catherine Deneuve would wear his clothes inBelle de jourby Buñuel and would remain his muse.
A player who for a while was quite lost, Yves Saint Laurent preferred to leave the stage faced with a fashion industry where he said he couldn't recognise himself anymore, "frightened" in his own words "by the ridiculous spectacle" put on by his audacious cadets that he rejected such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler or Jean-Paul Gaultier at the top.