Yves Saint-Laurent
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Yves Saint Laurent | 1936-2008

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Yves Saint Laurent studies a creation in the Dior workroom in March 1958. When his mentor, Christian Dior, died suddenly the year before, Saint Laurent replaced him as chief designer. (World Wide Photo)
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Saint Laurent in Paris in November 1957. As often as he was declared a fashion genius, he was described as a tormented man who struggled with clinical depression, alcoholism and drug addiction. (Agence France-Presse)
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The designer and models after a show in February 1963. As one writer put it, Saint Laurent’s fashion was “the antithesis of the haute couture school with its premise of buttressing and correcting the woman’s silhouette.” (Agence France-Presse)
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Saint Laurent poses with models after the presentation of his spring collection in Paris in February 1964. His dismissal from Dior had helped him launch his own company. (Michel Lipchitz / Associated Press)
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Two of Saint Laurent’s muses, Betty Catroux, left, and Loulou de la Falaise, flank the designer outside his London boutique in 1969. (Associated Press)
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Pierre Berge, Saint Laurent’s business partner and onetime lover, welcomes the designer and the actress Catherine Deneuve at a 1992 event in Paris. Saint Laurent “was born with a nervous breakdown,” Berge once said. (Pierre Guillaud / Agence France-Presse)
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Saint Laurent waves to a Paris audience in October 1993 after the presentation of his 1994 spring and summer ready-to-wear collection. (Remy de la Mauviniere / Associated Press)
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Though famously shy, Saint Laurent was also savvy when it came to generating publicity. (Thomas Iannaccone / For The Times)
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The designer, with a model in bridal attire, acknowledges the audience at the end of a fashion show in March 1995. (Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press)
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Saint Laurent arrives in June 1999 at the 18th annual American Fashion Awards in New York, where he was honored for lifetime achievement. (Stan Honda / Agence France-Presse)
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Model Laetitia Casta with the designer at the end of his spring and summer show in Paris in January 1999. (Frederick Florin / Agence France-Presse)
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Saint Laurent brings flowers to a model at the end of a 2001 show. (Jean-Pierre Muller / Agence France-Presse)
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Saint Laurent with model Laetitia Casta, left, and actress Catherine Deneuve at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, where the designer staged a retrospective of his work soon after announcing his retirement in 2002. (Jean-Pierre Muller / Agence France-Presse)
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Yves Saint Laurent announcing his retirement in January 2002. “In many ways, I feel that I have created the wardrobe of the contemporary woman,” he said in his speech. (Remy de la Mauviniere / Associated Press)
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