Monsieur Saint Laurent was a true master of the craft of haute couture. He was a ground breaking designer who looked to Africa for inspiration, who broke the color barrier by using black models in his shows, who looked to the street for his inspiration, and who valued and respected everyday people as much as the heiresses and millionaires who coveted and collected his designs.
In honor of the legend that is Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent, here is a collection of shots from his life, his ads, and his haute couture and Rive Gauche shows. You may recognize some of the pieces that are pictured here from the DAM’s retrospective. Isn’t it lovely to see them on the human form, moving and filled with life– just as he preferred?
M. Saint Laurent passed away in 2008 but through the rigor and exquisite beauty of his work, he ranks amongst the immortals. He was an enigma and an inspiration. I am honored to have been in the same room as so many of the works of this true master of the art of high fashion.