YSLYves Saint Laurent (1936 – 2008), originally from Algeria, was a French fashion designer. He was the most celebrated and influential designer in fashion. At a very young age Laurent started his career by designing dresses for his two sisters and his mother. In his late teens Laurent moved to France, where after winning a design contest organized by the International Wool Secretariat, Christian Dior noticed and hired the him immediately. Later Laurent was sent into the army in Algeria, where he only lasted 10 days, coming back with a severe depression. Upon his return to France Yves has lost his job with Dior, which lead his to start his own Designer Label. He was known for feminizing the male wardrobe and by bringing cutting, shape see-through blouses to it. In 1983, Yves Saint Laurent was given his own, solo, exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in NYC, making him the first living person to be given such honor.

See also: Christian Dior, Valentino, Halston

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