Few things gave Yves Saint Laurent 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 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 Hedi Slimane is dedicated to honoring his memory. Even changing the name 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.