Vintage YSL White Sunglasses - 1980s
Yves Saint Laurent is best known for revolutionizing the fashion industry by empowering and transforming women. He gave them the idea of wearing men’s clothing such as pants and suit jackets, and yet remaining feminine, sexy and elegant. The beatnik look, safari jackets, tight pants and tall boots, and the classic tuxedo suit for women were also some of the fashion trends that YSL made popular in the 1960’s-70’s. The Smoking Jacket of 1966 remains his trademark item and was updated yearly until he retired. A pioneer in his day, he was the first to popularize ready-to-wear fashion and also the first designer to include black models in his runway shows. Pierre Berge, Yves Saint Laurent’s close friend and business partner of many years has said that Chanel gave women freedom and Yves Saint Laurent gave them power. Yves Saint Laurent died of brain cancer on June 1, 2008 in his Paris home. A few days before he died, Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé were joined in a same-sex civil union known as a "civil pact of solidarity" in France.