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Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent is the French fashion house founded by Yves-Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. The house and designer are often abbreviated as YSL.

Laurent's career in fashion began at the tender age of 17, when he served as an assistant to Christian Dior. In 1961, he became chief designer of the Dior house, also making him the youngest designer in the world. In 1961, Laurent started YSL and went on to become one of the most influential fashion designers of the 1960s and 1970s.

Laurent became known for his exquisitely-tailored women's suits, and is credited with creating the first women's tuxedo. The first designer to announce his expansion from couture into ready-to-wear, he is credited with making chic ready-to-wear fashions available to the mass market, and for making ready-to-wear a reputable business for designers. Laurent's ready-to-wear line was sold in boutiques named Rive Gauche, which would later be commemorated with a perf