Yves Saint Laurent is regarded as a visionary and his influence is evident in the designs of many other fashion designers.
As a youngster, Saint Laurent was creating intricate paperdolls and as a teenager, he was designing clothing for his mother and sisters while living in Oran, French Algeria where he was born in 1936. Saint Laurents professional career began in 1957 when he was chosen by Christian Dior to succeed him as the head designer of the Fashion House of Christian Dior. Amazing that at the age of 21 he was designing the couture collection of a major fashion house. Saint Laurent is also credited with saving the Dior enterprise from financial ruin. His first collections catapulted him to rock star status.
Saint Laurent began his own fashion house in the early 60’s. Some of the looks and trends he created are the trapeze dress, safari jackets, tight pants, thigh high boots and his most notable look, the tuxedo suit for women.
In 1983 Saint Laurent became the first living designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition.
Tom Ford was named creative director of the fashion house in 2000 and Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and died of brain cancer in 2008.
In 2012, Hedi Slimane took over the house and was pushing for a more modern and youthful era. She accomplished that with a new name, “Saint Laurent Paris”. The iconic YSL logo remains and the new name applies only to women’s ready-to-wear.
What do you think, new name or original name?