Today is late designer, Yves St. Laurent’s birthday. Laurent was an iconic French designer who rose to fame in the late 1950s, and introduced innovative new styles like Le Smoking, the tuxedo suit for women. Laurent’s fashions progressed with the times; as women became more liberated, the styles followed suit. While every piece was a work of art, we’ve picked out some of our favorites that really show off the foresight and intuition of this highly-regarded designer.This graphic dress inspired by the work of artist, Piet Mondrian, is so closely associated with the 1960s that it has inspired countless Halloween replicas. The bold print and shift shape are the essence of the swinging 60s.
Le Smoking, the tuxedo designed for women, turned the fashion world upside down in 1966. It was such a departure from the feminine styles of the 50s, yet still flattered the female figure.
In 1968 the world was set aglow with this stunning Yves St. Laurent sequin dress. Dripping in gold and jewels, this look was all about more, more, more; the ideal look at Studio 54.
Yves St. Laurent was a pro at making seemingly masculine styles look right at home on the feminine form.
This magnificent blue dress from 2011 shows that although the designer has passed, his vision still lives on.