Monday, June 2, 2008
Yves Saint Laurent is DEAD
YVES SAINT LAURENT:
A GIANT OF FRENCH FASHION:
Yves Saint Laurent, who died Sunday at age 71, was one of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion, on a par with Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret.
The reclusive Saint Laurent, who retired from haute couture in 2002 after four decades at the top of his trade, had been ill for some time.
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent was born in the coastal town of Oran, Algeria, on August 1, 1936, at a time when the North African country was still considered part of France.
Having learned his trade at the house of Dior, he founded his own couture house at the start of the 1960s.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he set the pace for fashion around the world, opening up the Japanese market and subsequently expanding to South Korea and Taiwan.
Among his many fans in his native France was the actress Catherine Deneuve, who was always to be seen at his shows.