Fashion History Friday: Yves Saint Laurent

I chose this designer because despite their hefty price tags (which range anywhere from $2,490 to $68,000), Yves Saint Laurent dresses are in seriously high demand. Might as well learn a little history of the YSL brand.



Yves Saint Laurent
August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008
Born in French Algeria


Laurent’s career started in his early teens, and as obviously talented as he was, he was recognized by the editor of Vogue at the time and introduced to Christian Dior at the age of 18.

“Dior fascinated me,” Saint Laurent later recalled. “I couldn’t speak in front of him. He taught me the basis of my art. Whatever was to happen next, I never forgot the years I spent at by his side.”


Yves Saint Laurent officially branded himself in 1961, making huge impacts in clothing like the most famous classic tuxedo for women to bringing out thigh high boots. In 1978 he launched his first cosmetic line, as well as fragrances for men and women during the 1980’s. In 1999, Gucci bought the YSL brand and asked Tom Ford to design the ready-to-wear collection while Saint Laurent would design the couture collection.

In 2002, consumed  with poor health, drug abuse, and depression, Saint Laurent closed the couture house of YSL. One quote that was repeated and spread throughout the world was the following, directly stated by Laurent himself:

“Chanel freed women, and I empowered them.”

Now in days, Hedi Slimane is the creative director and mastermind that upholds what is the YSL brand. He is also the creative director for the Christian Dior menswear line, Dior Homme.


Take a look at some of our current fashion icon celebrities that like to rock YSL!


Ginnifer Goodwin



Kim Kardashian


Eva Longoria


Jennifer Connelly







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