Another very talented creative person has left us. Considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Saint Laurent was the last of the giants from the Christian Dior, Coco Chanel era.
Here is the New York Times article.
One day I watched a documentary about him on IFC (independent film channel). It was fascinating. I love seeing how creative people work. How they are influenced, what drives them, how they navigate the art/business conflict, how they stay relevant in a culture that is becoming less about creativity and more about the bottom line. Today any random celeb can throw their name on some clothes and POOF they are a designer. Please.
He was one of the first couture designers to feature black models on the runaway and in advertising. He changed the way modern women dressed, championing the tuxedo pantsuit (or as the French call it Le Smoking). He influenced many designers before he sold his company. Tom Ford took over as head designer (they clashed) and now the label is designed by Stefano Pilati. Pilati has brought back more of Saint Laurent's French style.
Saint Laurent was very well respected and loved in France. He helped put Paris on the map as THE place for fashion. During the 1998 World Cup he was selected to do the pre-game kick.
I am going to see if I can find the name of that documentary.
Catherine Deneuve was a muse to him. Here is the trailer for BELLE DE JOUR. He designed her clothes for the film.