Yves  Saint Laurent's Memorial

Yves Saint Laurent
(1936 - 2008)

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Name: Mr Yves Saint Laurent
Gender: Male
Age: 71 years old
Lived: Saturday, 1 August 1936 - Sunday, 1 June 2008

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Yves Saint Laurent was credited by many with rejuvenating French fashion and securing his country’s pre-eminent position in the world of haute couture.  During a career that ran from 1957 to 2002, he was largely responsible for changing the way modern women dress.  One of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion - on a par with Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret.

In 1983, he became the first living fashion designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2001, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the Légion d'Honneur by French president Jacques Chirac.

Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and became increasingly reclusive. From then until his death he spent much of his time at his house in Marrakech, Morocco.

He also created a foundation with Pierre Bergé in Paris to trace the history of the house of YSL, complete with 15,000 objects and 5,000 pieces of clothing.

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Date of Passing: 1 June 2008
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