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Yves Saint-Laurent
French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent was born on August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria to Charles and Lucienne Andrée Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. Saint-Laurent grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean with his two younger sisters, Michelle and Brigitte. He was not a popular kid in school and was constantly bullied by his classmates seeming to be homosexual. However, he found comfort in the industry of fashion, he created paper dolls and in his early teen years he was designing dresses for his mother and sisters. When he turned seventeen his mother took him to Paris for an interview with Michael de Brunhoff, the editor of Vogue.
A year later, he moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, where his designs were noticed. As a teen, Brunhoff introduced Saint Laurent to designer Christian Dior. Not very long, he started working in Paris with Christian Dior and gained plenty of compliments for his dress designs. In 1966, he launched his own designs, where his taste of tuxedos for women assembled him fame. Also, he was the first living fashion designer to obtain a solo exhibition in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. Throughout his career he created iconic designs, such as ‘Le Smoking suit’ and his ‘Mondrian dress’, which all propelled fashion to what it is today.
One of the many examples that completely shows he changed the way fashion worked is the Diversity on the Runway. Many modern runways illustrate the beauty of models from varying ethnicities, and Yves Saint Laurent would be the one credited of putting women of color on the runway. One of the many supermodels that he has helped out was Naomi Campbell, which owes a major career break to him. One of the many Vogue covers she had was because of this man and which that helped open the doors for black models. Another of the many contributions he did was the Mondrian Dress in 1965, Saint Laurent brought art to fashion, with his Mondrian dress designs as reverence to the work of Piet Mondrian. The dresses were a set of color-blocked shift made of wool-jersey, which he created three different dresses identical in silhouette but differing in color placement with their intersecting black lines and blocks of primary colors. Last but not least “Le Smoking suit”, “The Safari Jacket”, and “Sheer Fabrics” were also part of the main contributions he made to the fashion industry.
Yves Saint Laurent was best known as an influential European fashion designer who impacted fashion in the 1960s to the present day. His amazing designs showed that he cared about society. From getting bullied and being called homosexual when he was young, to being one of the most iconic designers the world has ever known. He wanted to see a change in the world, possibly not with himself, but with his style. He was the first to give a fashion show with women of color and his designs brought looks to women that had only previously available to men. He passed away in Paris on June 1, 2008 from brain cancer. Yves Saint Laurent will always be credited as the person who democratized fashion and made it available to more people.
“Fashion dies, but style remains.” —Yves Saint Laurent…...

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