Haute Historian. A Tribute to YSL

June 19, 2008 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

The Trapeze Line, the bubble dress, the smoking tuxedo jacket, the pea coat, the woman’s pant suit…
While the list could go on indefinitely, this is just an abbreviated
inventory of fashion fads turned closet classics created by one man, Yves Saint Laurent.
Known for adapting street fashions into runway creations, Laurent has
been influencing the fashion world since the late 1950’s.

At the tender age of 17, Laurent won a contest for his design of an A-symmetrical draped dress which afforded him the recognition of becoming Christian Dior’s very own personal assistant,
the first and only person to assist Dior in the early stages of his
designs. Assisting Dior, Laurent was able to further develop his craft
and ability to not only dress the female form, but flatter it as well.
A skill Laurent seemed to have complete control of was the ability to construct perfectly tailored garments for women, yet drape them in a way to make them look graceful.

After Dior’s death, not more then four years later, Laurent became the lead designer for the largest couture house in France.
While his designs for Dior, at the time, and then later on for his own
ready-to-wear line were considered flamboyant and even quite shocking,
women of all ages flocked to wear his clothing. By designing a tuxedo for women he was forcing people to think outside the box
which allowed women the opportunity to eventually wear pants as an
everyday option. In turn, the modern woman was born. Laurent can credit
his successes to making women look and feel elegant in their everyday

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