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Yves Saint Laurent

French, 1936-2008

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.

Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics.

Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.

Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.

After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.

His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.

With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.

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Group of Vintage Perfume Display Bottles
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A group of 5 oversized perfume bottles. These were purchased c .1975. Can not guarantee perfume is correct See soda can for sense of scale.
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1970s French Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Glass

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses. Vintage 1990s oval YSL sunglasses, vintage Yves St Laurent silver sunglasses, brown lens, YSL. These sharp shades are Yves Saint Laurent icla...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Yves Saint Laurent

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Resin

Yves Saint Laurent 1987 "LOVE" Poster
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent 1987 Love poster which came from the old YSL showroom on 57th St, NY. This poster was in Pierre Berge's office. This poster is mounted in original black frame and ...
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1980s French Other Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Paper

D' Yves Saint Laurent Paris Store Display Factice Perfume Bottle
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
D' Yves Saint Laurent store display factice perfume bottle. Does not contain fragrance and used for display only.
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20th Century Yves Saint Laurent

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Glass

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Opium Parfum Made in France Collectible Bottle 1980's
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Opium Parfum made in France Collectible Bottle 1980's This is vintage, hard to find, discontinued, collectible perfume bottle : Yves Saint Laurent Opium P...
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1980s French Chinoiserie Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Bakelite

Blue and White YSL Yves Saint Laurent Woven Throw Blanket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful blue and white woven vintage Yves Saint Laurent blanket. This piece features blue and white woven wool fabric with the YSL logo on one side against a white background.
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Yves Saint Laurent

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Cotton

1970s Yves Saint Laurent LOVE Silk Scarf Custom Pillow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Stamford, CT
1970s Yves Saint Laurent silk LOVE scarf newly made into a custom oversized square pillow. Backed in medium blue velvet. Down insert. Hidden bottom zipper.
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1970s French Modern Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Silk, Velvet, Down

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Lucite and Metal Chunky Link Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome and versatile YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) chunky link necklace or belt of Lucite and metal in beautiful tones of pewter and gun-metal grey, circa 1960-1970s. This wonderful vin...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Yves Saint Laurent

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Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Mis à Nu – Jeanloup Sieff
By Jeanloup Sieff 1, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
First edition hardcover, published by Albin Michel, Paris, 2010 in an acrylic slipcase. ‘Yves Saint Laurent Laid Bare’ A collection of Jeanloup Sieff’s incredibly intimate and unpr...
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2010s French Yves Saint Laurent

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Paper, Acrylic

1950-1970 Pedestal Table or Coffee Table in YSL Style in Gilded Iron
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Gilded iron pedestal table or coffee table in the style Yves St Laurent, the glass top is 85 cm diameter. Good condition, circa 1970, similar model of Robert Goossens in Bergé Auc...
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1970s French Art Deco Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Iron

Yves Saint Laurent Sterling Silver Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
A fine and elegant sterling silver bracelet by Yves Saint Laurent. YSL's classic take on the link bracelet comes in the form of oversized links and a streamlined shape. Marke...
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1970s Modern Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

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Sterling Silver

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By Yves Saint Laurent
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Yves Saint Laurent "Love" Poster, 1996
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20th Century French Yves Saint Laurent

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Yves Saint Laurent Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Furniture by Yves Saint Laurent are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Yves Saint Laurent Furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 10 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Yves Saint Laurent were created in Europe during the 20th century in modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Pierre Balmain, S. T. Dupont and Arman. The prices for Yves Saint Laurent furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $195 and tops out at $8,034, while pieces like these can sell for $747 on average.