French fashion designer
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), referred to as Yves Saint-Laurent or YSL, was a French fashion designer who, in 1962, founded his eponymous fashion label. He is regarded as being among the foremost fashion designers of the twentieth century. In 1985, Caroline Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its 1960s ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He developed his style to accommodate the changes in fashion during that period. He approached his aesthetic from a different perspective by helping women find confidence by looking both comfortable and elegant at the same time. He is also credited with having introduced the "Le Smoking" tuxedo suit for women and was known for his use of non-European cultural references and of diverse models.
SolitudeI'm so secluded. Very alone.
SolitudeI live in solitude. I have need of solitude to do the next day's work. I can't be to parties where the noise tires me. I can't speak on the telephone. I must have complete calm.
FashionI hate fashion. I don't have any fun doing it. A show terrifies me.
PeopleI'm not deceived by people, because I don't pay attention to people.
WomanLoveI couldn't love a woman who inspired me to be totally disinterested. If I fell in love with a woman for an artistic reason, or from the point of view of my work, I think it would rob her of something.
EleganceWithout elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.
FashionThe big difference between couture and ready-to-wear is not design. It is the fabrics, the handwork, and the fittings. The act of creation is the same.
FashionArtI tried to show that fashion is an art. For that, I followed the counsel of my master Christian Dior and the imperishable lesson of Mademoiselle Chanel. I created for my era and I tried to foresee what tomorrow would be.
FashionClothesEleganceLifeFashion PhilosophyFashion as LifestyleJoy in DressingSelf-Expression and LiberationElegance and FreedomDressing is a way of life. It brings you joy. It can give you freedom and liberation, help you to find yourself and to move without restraint. Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?
FashionClothesFashion PhilosophyJeans as SymbolismDesign InspirationFashion VisionaryClothing PrinciplesI wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.