Ever since his formidable debut in the fashion world in the late 1950s, Yves Saint Laurent has dressed the most stylish modern clients, from those living a life of luxury to emancipated career women. His immeasurable talent and sense of style, coupled with his great love for art, made him one of the most exceptional couturiers of the 20th century, changing the way women dressed forever. yoox.com pays homage to the illustrious designer with an exclusive selection of vintage clothes, accessories and jewelry—all veritable collector’s items.

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  • Avenue Marceau—The storied address of the St Laurent atelier—if these walls could talk, what magic they would describe!
  • Betty Catroux—the former model, famed for her white-blond hair, lanky frame, and androgynous fashion style, who was among St Laurent’s most beloved muses.
  • Catherine Deneuve—the actress and great friend of the designer, who was responsible for her iconic wardrobe in Belle du Jour.
  • Dior—The house that Yves took over in 1958, when he was a mere 21 years old—the world soon took notice of this young genius
  • Ethnic models—St Laurent was among the first to introduce models of different ethnicities on his catwalks
  • Forties—The decade that Yves referenced—big shoulders! Saucy prints! In his famous and controversial (because it was inspired by the World War II years) spring 1971 runway show
  • Gathered blouses —Among so many innovations, St Laurent promulgated the gathered peasant blouse, to be paired with trousers or perhaps a long skirt
  • Henri Matisse —Just one of the artists, along with Picasso, Duchamp, Brancusi and so many others, that St Laurent, a serious connoisseur, collected
  • Incroyable —The public reaction when YSL opened his first prêt-à-porter shop on the Rive Gauche in 1966; he was among the first couturiers to do so
  • Jupes—Long, unbelievably elaborate skirts were just one of the elements of St Laurent’s Russian collection of 1976
  • Karl Lagerfeld—Once friends, the two became unofficial rivals for the imaginary title of King of Fashion
  • Lou Lou de la Falaise—The dear friend and creative partner of St Laurent, known for her gypsy-bohemian style
  • Mondrian dresses—The iconic color-block shifts that St Laurent introduced in 1965
  • Nudity—Who can forget when Yves, wearing nothing but his spectacles, posed in the nude in that famous advertisement for his parfum Pour Homme?
  • Opium—The scandalous and controversial YSL scent launched in 1977\
  • Pierre Bergé—Yves’ partner in work, life, and love
  • Quintessential—One way to describe the many innovations, from trapeze dresses to safari jackets, pea coats to fedoras, YSL has introduced over the last half century
  • Remembrance of Things Past—Yves was a big fan of the Proust classic
  • Smoking—The tuxedo for women, a startling innovation that permanently changed the way women dressed for evening
  • Tailleur—The classic suit St Laurent offered for the new wave of women in the workplace
  • United States—St Laurent was the first designer to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in 1983, entitled “Yves Saint Laurent, 25 Years of Design,” and organized by Bergé and Diana Vreeland
  • Vacation home—Marrakesh, Morocco, where St Laurent got away from it all (the indigenous clothing of that country influenced his work.)
  • White wedding gowns—the magnificent confections that closed many St Laurent shows
  • Xenon: A Manhattan disco in the late 1970s and early 80s, among the sorts of clubs that St Laurent, who “loved the nightlife” frequented with Catroux and de la Falaise in that era
  • YSL—The three little initials instantly recognizable throughout the world
  • Zut alors! What you will cry when you see yoox.com’s wonderful array of vintage YSL!