Heidi Slimane has achieved a unique collection of Saint Laurent make a firm less. Yves Saint Laurent, one of the biggest names in the history of fashion and basic, known even to the most novice of this sector. A collection that has nothing to do with the version that once the great designer Algerian outlined in his many designs for so many years, and was at the head of Christian Dior or his own signature as proof this selection of great designs.
The youngest designer of haute couture
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent Dave came from a good family in Oran, Algeria. At 14 years and wanted to venture out to play in other leagues, particularly in fashion, sending a contest Paris three trendy designs, which gave him third place and aroused the interest of Michel de Brunhoff (editor of Vogue). This would be the beginning of a career that he again met a second competition where he won and again Brunhoff was amazed at such sketches.
Christian Dior At that time it was already in the top designers of the time and the head of Vogue sent him sketches of young Algerian by the similarities with his work. Three years later, in 1954, Yves Saint Laurent began his time with Christian Dior. And three years later, in 1957, the French master appoints successor, thus making him the youngest designer of French haute couture. Coincidentally, that same year, Christian Dior dies of a heart attack.
Yves Saint Laurent just enjoyed two years of the post, with an initial collection prolonging and improving the now famous New look of Dior continued with another in which the initial praise as positive became doubts and attacks on his work that ended motivating, leveraging its brilliant step by the army (only managed to go 20 days because of the humiliations), a replacement for Marc Bohan as the new creative director of Dior.
Yves Saint Laurent flies solo
Army Calvary recover, leaving the military hospital where he was admitted, find that Dior had replaced and enter the psychiatric. Yves Saint Laurent did not go out of and into another. Fortunately, thanks to his friend and later partner, Pierre Bergé, got the house Dior will indemnizase for moral damages caused. This money will be used to create the signature Yves Saint Laurent.
In 1962 Yves Saint Laurent has a spring-summer collection to be presented at this time for something new would happen smoothly. A step towards his greatest creation was to come a few years later. Until then two piece sets, tweed, knee length skirts, dresses now seen as classics, their dear taste for hats ...
The Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo
After years in which Yves Saint Laurent was back among crossfire both for and against, come 1966 and with it comes the design of "Le Smoking" for the female audience. YSL make what will be his key and which has distinguished from other firms.
A different concept when assessing the feminine aspect hitherto maintained with collections full of great party dresses and cocktail who suddenly make a site this tuxedo so often mentioned and so later influence.
The business of ready-to-wear
Before continuing with this first installment of some of the designs and the key stages in Yves Saint Laurent have to talk about something important: the business. When he took over from Christian Dior despite the success and recognition that the designer had the firm was in a very dangerous economic situation YSL managed to overcome. Years later and now with Pierre Bergé as second hand and a fundamental part in this aspect, YSL continues to thrive in numbers.
Besides include new clothes, different trends and cuts to senior female clothing, Yves Saint Laurent stands by his view of the market's ready-to-wear devoting major efforts within the brand.
If by that time held the title of youngest designer ever to ride the French couture, with his signature ready-to-wear also manages to become the first fashion designer to go ashore and displays a collection for that audience. 1966 is a key year for him because not only risked his smoking but also opened its first store to sell this type of fashion.
Yves Saint Laurent emphasized mainly by taking the lead while his fashion could convert it accessible to a wide audience.