In the Bag

Yves Saint Laurent
Like many of the developing fashion stars of tomorrow, Yves Saint Laurent came to fame by designing for somebody else. He had been at Christian Dior for only two years when the legendary founder died of a heart attack. The reins were quickly passed to Saint Laurent, 21. His first collection for Dior stuck closely to the house's legacy — and was a smash success. "Saint Laurent has saved France!" read the papers the following day. But with his next collections he strayed further from the Dior traditions, to the consternation of many — especially...