From the safari jacket to le smoking, Yves Saint Laurent created some of the most memorable looks of the late twentieth century. Four years after this death at the age of 71 and 48 years after he founded his eponymous house, the looks he popularized, from pea coats to pant suits, continue to be part of modern fashion. “Chanel gave women freedom. Saint Laurent gave them power,” said his business partner Pierre Bergé. Designers who have held the post of creative director for prêt-a-porter at YSL since Saint Laurent stepped down in 1999 include Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati and Hedi Slimane.
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