Monday, Nov. 03, 2008

Mourning Yves Saint Laurent

The fashion world shed a tear in June when the legendary French designer, Yves Saint Laurent, died of brain cancer in Paris at the age of 71. As a designer, he was as important to 20th century fashion as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. After a stint at Dior at the tender age of 21, Saint Laurent opened his own house and set fashion on fire by elevating street clothes to the haute couture runway. His funeral was a veritable who's who of fashion, society, and French politics, and many of the women there wore trousers, which Saint Laurent is credited with making fashionable for the fairer sex.