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    Default Yves Saint Laurent, Dies at 71

    From the NYTimes:

    BREAKING NEWS 6:43 PM ET: Yves Saint Laurent, Fashion Icon, Dies at 71

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    Sunday, 1 June 2008 00:23 UK
    Fashion king Saint Laurent dies

    Yves Saint Laurent, considered by many as the greatest fashion designer of the 20th Century, has died in Paris at the age of 71.

    Saint Laurent changed the face of the fashion industry when he became chief designer of the House of Dior at 21. He designed clothes that reflected women's changing role in society: more confident personally, sexually and in the work-place.

    Yves Saint Laurent was a major name
    in 20th Century fashion

    He retired from haute couture in 2002 and had been ill for some time.

    Saint Laurent died on Sunday evening in the French capital, the Pierre-Berge-Saint Laurent Foundation announced. Pierre Berge, the designer's former business and personal partner, said he had died at his home after a long illness. He did not give details.

    'I draw on woman'

    "I found my style through women," Saint Laurent once said.

    "That's where its strength and vitality comes from because I draw on the body of a woman."He changed forever what women wear, introducing trouser suits, safari jackets and sweaters, BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal notes.

    Saint Laurent was a great innovator, helping to revitalise haute couture while making ready-to-wear design popular. The editor of British Vogue, Alexander Shulman, said he had helped democratise fashion:

    “Saint Laurent brought it to the people”
    Alexander Shulman
    Editor of British Vogue

    "Before that people had small salons for rich people. Saint Laurent brought it to the people. He was young and groovy. Pop stars were hanging out with him and younger generations related to him."

    Life of ill-health

    Born in the Algerian city of Oran at a time when the North African country was still considered a part of France, he had a precocious talent.

    At the age of 18 he won a dress design competition, which brought him to the notice of Christian Dior. His first collection caused a sensation with its gently flared dresses and jackets that set the mould for 1950s fashion.

    Within three years, Dior had died and Yves St Laurent had taken his place. He made clothes that were elegant and sexy, reflecting women's more confident role in society. He took the world by storm with his trouser suits, highly coloured ethnic prints and designs inspired by the art world.

    Taunted as a schoolboy because of his homosexuality, Yves St Laurent suffered mental and physical ill health for much of his life and he appeared in public only rarely.

    But his influence will last for years to come, our arts correspondent Razia Iqbal says. France has lost not only its greatest fashion designer but also a cultural icon, she adds.

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    A stylish dude. Designed clothes for women as if he liked them. R.I.P.

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    January 2009 Vanity Fair

    p. 92
    Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris duplex was overflowing with the trophies of a four-decade hunt for inspiration. In February, those treasures will be auctioned off by the late designer’s partner, Pierre Bergé. Previewing an art-world event, Amy Fine Collins hears from Bergé and other experts about the passion behind this private collection. Photographs by Pascal Chevallier.

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    Only heard about this today and as a former fashion student I am very sad.

    I like the YSL campaigns of the last 20 years, boxy, strong women. Just look at the most recent one for the fragrance (forget the name of the model)

    YSL in a nutshell - famous for making pantsuits part of normal life for women.

    Nuff said.

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    I don't know why.
    It has done it for me, as long as I can remember.

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    Many forget that St. L had a the first fashion retrospective at a museum. It was 1983, at the Metropolitan.

    Back then I escorted a crazy wealthy French woman around town. She invited me to see the St. Laurent exibit one afternoon... she had loaned some of her things to the exibition. After a while we came upon a display of "topless" sheer blouse pantsuits. They were from the late 1960's... they were revolutionary at the time. The maniquen underneath was nude. I made some snide comment about what kind of a puttana would wear such stuff (I was cute, but really dumb)... of couse it turned out that those were the things she had loaned.

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    You've come up with enough good lines since to make up for it.

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    ^ That deserves a quick recipe using anchovies : mash good anchiovies with butter in a sauce pan under a low flame until nice and saucy. If you like, throw in some chopped flat parsley too. Toss just-cooked al dente linquini in the pan and serve. Cheese is not cool with this. This dish is great at 4 in the morning just before bed.

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    Is it ever OK to grate cheese over a fish pasta dish?

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    Yves, Yves.... Lofter wants to know if it's ever OK to grate cheese over a fish pasta dish.

    He says no.

    He's also bitching about some building in Chelsea.

    I wonder what that's all about?

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    He was bitching about the realtor. Something about commission for something he could have done easily by himself.

    Patternmaking, now thats something you might pay for.

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    Taken care of.

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