Yves Saint Laurent's Final Bow

March 14, 1958. Yves Saint Laurent stands on one leg, his favorite position, as he studies a new design in his atelier in Paris, France.  When Dior died suddenly in 1957, Saint Laurent was named head of the House of Dior at the age of 21.

Fresh Faced
Yves Saint Laurent checks out his new designs in his Paris studio on March 14, 1958. He had become chief designer of the House of Dior a year earlier, at just 21 years of age.

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