I was especially thrilled if the dresses were made of gold lamé, since that was my favorite. In fact, I was so obsessed with it, that my mom began bringing home swatches for me of the sparkle fabric from work, so that I could make little togas for my Barbie's, and have mini-YSL inspired runway shows on the kitchen table.
So when I heard that Yves Saint Laurent had passed away on Sunday, I was quite sad. So, in loving homage to the legendary designer, here is a collage of some of my favorite YSL images:
Photos: YSL in his signature specs, a party-pink feathered confection, visiting Barbra Streisand and her dog Sadie in 1965 backstage at a performance of Funny Girl on Broadway, her Broadway theatre dressing room, '70-'71 Fall/Winter collection psychedelic "hippy" wedding dress, model Carla Bruni (now Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France), YSL and his glam-gang (flickr: alexyenni), Autumn/Winter 1995, from his haute couture retrospective show at Paris's Pompidou Centre in 2002, standing in a "safari" suit in front of his first London boutique in 1969, '70s Ikat print kilt (found on eBay), sexy Yves!, my velvet dream coat, at his desk in his Paris home 1979, gypsy look from Spring/Summer 1983, Veronica Webb in 1992, with his portrait (flickr: DGegant), Fall/Winter '80-'82, Spring/Summer 1995, Iman in the Spring/Summer collection from 1986, with Lucie de la Falaise in 1992's Spring show finale (all photos managed by Corbis, unless noted).
Love and Le Smoking,