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On His Birthday, a Look Back at the Life of Yves Saint Laurent

Aug 1 2013 - 8:13am

Few things gave Yves Saint Laurent [1] greater pleasure than to see a woman looking stunning in one of his designs. "The most beautiful clothes than can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves," he once said. "But for those who haven't had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there."

If Saint Laurent [2] were alive today, he would have celebrated his 77th birthday at a time of great transition at the house he founded in 1962. But he surely would have appreciated how its new creative director [3] Hedi Slimane is dedicated to honoring his memory. Even changing the name [4] of the house to Saint Laurent Paris has been billed as a way to "return to the fundamentals of YSL."

And fundamentally, Yves Saint Laurent wanted to help women look and feel their best. In honor of his Aug. 1 birthday, a look at his lifelong mission to do just that, here in the gallery.

Source: Getty [5]

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Yves Saint Laurent [6] dressing dancer Tessa Beaumont for Dior in September 1959.

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Yves Saint Laurent [7] finishes Farah Diba [8]'s wedding [9] dress in December 1959.

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Yves Saint Laurent [10] creating chalk illustrations for Dior in 1960.

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Yves Saint Laurent [11] with his mother Lucienne Saint Laurent in April 1960.

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Yves Saint Laurent [12] selects fabrics in his Paris studio in January 1963.

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Yves Saint Laurent [13] and Barbra Streisand in November 1965.

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Yves Saint Laurent [14] made an appearance on a 1965 episode of the game show What's My Line?

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Standing outside the first Saint Laurent [15] Rive Gauche boutique in 1966.

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Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent [16] in September 1966.

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A snapshot of Yves Saint Laurent [17] from a CBS fashion special in 1968.

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Yves Saint Laurent [18] talking with his client Mrs. Stanley Donen at his Paris boutique.

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Yves Saint Laurent [19] enjoying a night out with socialite Nan Kempner.

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Yves Saint Laurent [20] walking through a marketplace in Marrakech in March 1972.

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Yves Saint Laurent [21] watches a snake charmer in a Moroccan marketplace in March 1972.

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Yves Saint Laurent [22] in Morocco in March 1972.

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Yves Saint Laurent [23], Loulou de la Falaise, and Bianca Jagger at Loulou de la Falaise's wedding [24] reception in July 1977.

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Yves Saint Laurent [25], Pierre Bergé, and Andy Warhol at a party in Paris, in January 1977.

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Yves Saint Laurent [26] with André Leon [27] Talley at a party in 1978.

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Yves Saint Laurent [28] and Isabelle Adjani at a party in Paris in January 1980.

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Yves Saint Laurent [29] in his office in Paris in 1982.

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Yves Saint Laurent [30] plays with his dog, Moujik, in his workshop in January 1982.

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Yves Saint Laurent [31] in his workshop in Paris in January 1982.

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Yves Saint Laurent [32] after a presentation of his Fall collection in Paris in July 1984.

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Yves Saint Laurent [33] in China in May 1985.

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Yves Saint Laurent [34] with Diana Vreeland in January 1985.

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Yves Saint Laurent [35] on the catwalk with a model during his Spring 1985 Haute Couture show in Paris in January 1985.

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Yves Saint Laurent [36] kissed a model at his Spring 1987 Haute Couture show in Paris in January 1987.

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Yves Saint Laurent [37] at the end of a fashion show in 1988.

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Yves Saint Laurent [38] in 1988.

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Yves Saint Laurent [39] with Catherine Deneuve and Zizi Jeanmaire at the YSL fashion show in Paris in January 1988.

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Yves Saint Laurent [40] with Audrey Hepburn, her husband, and Loulou de la Falaise at a Givenchy [41] party in Paris in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [42] attends a YSL High Fashion Show tribute for 28 years of creating fashion in Paris in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [43] with models in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [44] on the catwalk at the YSL High Fashion Show Spring 1991 show in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [45] walks on the catwalk of his Spring 1991 show during Paris Fashion Week in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [46] at the YSL High Fashion Show tribute for 28 years of creating fashion in Paris in 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [47] at the YSL High Fashion Show tribute in January 1990.

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Yves Saint Laurent [48] on the catwalk at the YSL High Fashion Show in Paris in January 1991.

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Yves Saint Laurent [49] and Lucie de la Falaise during his Spring 1992 show during Paris Fashion Week in January 1991.

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Yves Saint Laurent [50] and models backstage at the YSL Spring 1993 show during Fashion Week in Paris in January 1992.

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Yves Saint Laurent [51] gets a kiss from one of his models at the end of his Spring 1992 couture show in January 1992.

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Yves Saint Laurent [52] at the YSL Fall 1993 ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris in January 1993.

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Yves Saint-Laurent at the end of his Fall 1993 ready-to-wear collection in March 1993.

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Yves Saint Laurent [53] at his Fall 1994 ready-to-wear fashion show in March 1994.

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Yves Saint Laurent [54] and Ines de la Fressange in Paris in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [55] on the catwalk with a model at his show during Paris Fashion Week in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [56] at the YSL Spring 1996 fashion show in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [57] and models backstage at the YSL Spring 1996 fashion show in Paris in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [58] and models backstage at the YSL Spring 1996 show in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [59] during his Spring 1996 ready-to-wear show during Paris Fashion Week in January 1995.

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Yves Saint Laurent [60] with Claudia Schiffer at the YSL Spring 1997 fashion show in 1996.

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Yves Saint Laurent [61] at the YSL High Fashion Show Fall 1996 during Fashion Week in Paris in 1996.

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Yves Saint Laurent [62] at the YSL High Fashion Show in Paris in January 1996.

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Yves Saint Laurent [63] with Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni during his Fall 1996 Haute Couture collection in Paris in July 1996.

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Yves Saint Laurent [64] with models dressed in his latest ready-to-wear creations for Spring 1998.

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Yves Saint Laurent [65] and Pierre Bergé at the YSL High Fashion Show Spring 1998 during Fashion Week in Paris in 1998.

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Yves Saint Laurent [66] beside Laetitia Casta during his 1999 Spring Haute Couture show in January 1999.

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Yves Saint Laurent [67] ends his Fall 1999 show during Paris Fashion Week in July 1999.

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Yves Saint Laurent [68] with Laetitia Casta during the presentation of his Fall 1999 Haute Couture collection in Paris in July 1999.

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Yves Saint Laurent [69] with Lucie de la Falaise in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [70] at his Fall 2000 Haute Couture collection in Paris in July 2000.

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Yves Saint-Laurent with Laetitia Casta at the end of his Spring 2000 Couture collection in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [71] with his dog, Moujik, in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [72] and Sao Schlumberger in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [73] with Carla Bruni and Karen Mulder in Paris in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [74] with Brandi Quinones and models at the Miro Exhibition at the Pompidou Center Museum in Paris in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [75] and a bride at the Miro Exhibition Pompidou Center Museum in Paris in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [76] in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [77] with Naomi Campbell [78] at the Miro Exhibition at the Pompidou Center Museum in Paris in January 2000.

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Yves Saint Laurent [79] at his Fall 2001 Haute Couture collections in July 2001.

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Yves Saint-Laurent with Pierre Berge [80] during a press conference in Paris, January 2002.

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Yves Saint Laurent [81] at the Centre Georges Pompidou art gallery in Paris in January 2002.

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Yves Saint Laurent [82] with models Laetitia Casta, Mounia, and Katoucha during his last Haute Couture show in January 2002.

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Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent [83] at the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent [84] Foundation in Paris in March 2004.

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Yves Saint Laurent [85] with Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux at the Loulou de la Falaise cocktail party during Paris Fashion Week in July 2004.

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Yves Saint Laurent [86] with Catherine Deneuve at the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent [87] Foundation in Paris in March 2004.

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Yves Saint Laurent [88] and his mother, Lucienne Saint Laurent, at the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent [89] Foundation in March 2004.

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Yves Saint Laurent [90] in Paris in July 2006.


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