Monday, June 2, 2008

Le Smoking Tuxedo By YSL

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent (YSL), the most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years has died at age 71. I'd like to take this moment not only to celebrate this man, but to highlight what I believe to be his highest achievement as a designer.

Created in 1966, Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world and in popular culture. It pioneered long, minimalist, androgynous styles for women, as well as the use of power suits and the pantsuit in modern-day society.

Yves Saint-Laurent is seen by many as having empowered women by giving them the option to wear clothes that were normally worn by men with influence and power. This suit has continued to influence fashion designers' collections even until today.


SYI: YSL quote: "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery".

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