Yves Saint Laurent Would Have Been 75 Today, Here's a Look Back at His Life and Legacy in Photos

Today would have been the 75th birthday of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent. While the man himself may no longer be with us, his legacy is among the most poignant in contemporary fashion. In honor of YSL's birthday, we take a look back on his most unique and memorable designs, as well as a look at the life of the man himself. So take a peek into the history of YSL. It's great inspiration.
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Today would have been the 75th birthday of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent. While the man himself may no longer be with us, his legacy is among the most poignant in contemporary fashion. In honor of YSL's birthday, we take a look back on his most unique and memorable designs, as well as a look at the life of the man himself. So take a peek into the history of YSL. It's great inspiration.
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Today would have been the 75th birthday of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent. While the man himself may no longer be with us, his legacy is among the most poignant in contemporary fashion.

In honor of YSL's birthday, we take a look back on his most unique and memorable designs, as well as a look at the life of the man himself.

So take a peek into the history of YSL. It's great inspiration.

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A young YSL with a sketch.

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YSL designs a tent dress for Christian Dior in 1958.

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The Mondrian dress from fall 1965: The basis of all fashion/art debates, including Lady Gaga's rambling one in V.

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YSL with muses Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux outside his Rive Gauche boutique in Paris.

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YSL's 1976 "rich peasant" collection redefined what it meant to have "luxury" clothing. Also it was the original Derelicte. Sorry, Mugatu.

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YSL and Pierre Bergé in their home. Check out L'amour fou to find out more about Bergé and Saint Laurent's relationship (and their incredible art collection).

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Catherine Deneuve was Monsieur Saint Laurent's most loyal client and friend.

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Helmut Newton's classic photo of Le Smoking suit, one of the first popular suit looks for women.

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Kisses at the end of a Haute Couture show with Claudia Shiffer as the bride.

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Speaking of brides, Bianca Jagger's white YSL wedding suit changed the face of bridal and rock and roll fashion.

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YSL was among three fashion designers ever to be silkscreened by Warhol, the other two were Halston and Diane von Furstenberg.

YSL's dominion over his label continued to 1987, when he resigned after a collection featuring $100,000 bejeweled day jackets.

The house of YSL menswear was relaunched in 1997 under Hedi Slimane, and womenswear launched in 1998 with Alber Elbaz at the helm. After Elbaz departed in 1999 and Tom Ford was brought in, much to Monsieur Saint Laurent's disdain. Stefano Pilati has served as the creative director since Tom Ford's resignation in 2004.