Iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday aged 71, at his home in Paris, after suffering a long period of ill health. Friend and business partner Pierre Berge, announced the news to the world media and said: “Gabrielle Chanel gave women freedom. Yves Saint Laurent gave them power,” he said on France Info radio. “Like all creators, Yves Saint Laurent had two faces – a public face and private face.”
The French couturier began his fashion career at Christian Dior aged 21, and produced memorable garments such as the Le Smoking tuxedo in the 1960’s, and in 2002 he retired officially from the industry.
(source: Vogue.co.uk / image: flickr)