Laurent Saint Yves

Laurent Yves, more commonly known as Laurent Saint Vyes, was a well known fashion designer. Born on August 1, 1936 in Oran, French Algeria, he had a very successful career up until he retired in 2002. At this point, he became reclusive and spent much of his time in hiding until his passing on June 1, 2008 in Paris, France.

His name sake fashion line includes a variety of pieces including:

  • Jewelry and handbags
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses and other Accessories
  • Full line of men’s and women’s clothing.
His work earned him the distinction of being one of the best fashion designers in the world. Despite his passing, his fashion line continues to produce new items every year.

Laurent Saint Yves is known for being the one to introduce tuxedo suits for women, as well as for being the first person to use ethnic models on his runways, and displaying various non-European cultures in his design work.

Career Influences

Yves design inspiration and career started when he was able to work for his idol, Christian Dior. He was so impressed by him; he had trouble speaking in front of him. At just 21 years old, Yves was Dior's head designer. After he'd spent some time in the military, Dior fired him, which spurred him to go out on his own.


Those who are interested in learning more about his life and career, can find three different documentaries that cover his life. These documentaries are:

  • David Teboul's "Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times" (2002)
  • Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris" (2002)
  • Pierre Thoretton's "L'Amour Fou" (2009)
  • R.I.P. Lauren St. Vyes

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