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Penn, Newton and Warhol: Yves Saint Laurent through the lens of famous photographers

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 15:16:54

In honor of Yves Saint Laurent’s birthday, several materials were dedicated to the designer at once; in this one, for example, we offer to look at the best couturier through the eyes of no less great photographers.

Photo: Irving Penn

Irvin Penn, 1957

An American photographer captured Saint Laurent at the age of 21. At that time, the designer worked in the house of Dior as an assistant to the couturier.

Photo: Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud, 1964

Riboud took this photo in the Paris office of Saint Laurent. In the same year, the couturier released the first perfume with the short name “Y”.

Photo: Jeanloup Sieff

One of Saint Laurent’s most recognizable photographs. The designer first appeared as a model for an advertising campaign for his own perfume YSL Pour Homme. They did not want to print photos in magazines, and the fragrance at the same time received a standing ovation and became one of the most popular.

Photo: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

Yves Saint Laurent and his collection, which the fashion designer dubbed “Scandalous.” It really caused a huge resonance: some critics called the images ugly, others, on the contrary, admired the courage and new look of the designer. The Scandal collection includes suits in a men’s style, voluminous shoulders, transparent blouses, fur coats on the naked body, as well as miniskirts and bright makeup. The designer was inspired by German-occupied Paris.

Photo: Andy Warhol

They met in 1968, and a few years later Warhol painted a series of portraits of Yves, whom he considered “the greatest French artist”. The designer also posed for Andy’s camera.

Photo: Ron Galella

Saint Laurent has been repeatedly snapped up by the infamous paparazzi Ron Galell. In this setting, the couturier with the American actress and model Lois Chiles at her fashion show at The Pierre Hotel in New York.

Photo: Martine Franck/Magnum Photos

A Belgian photographer captured the designer at work in his Parisian home. By this time, Yves had already moved to Avenue Marceau, where his museum is now located.

Photo: Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos

Although social life and politics were the main subjects of Glynn’s photographs, many photos of celebrities can be found among her photos: Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler and, of course, Yves Saint Laurent. This is one of them: the designer looks at the sketches in his studio.

Photo: Helmut Newton

Saint Laurent de Newton for American Vogue. Throughout his career, the German photographer has repeatedly photographed the collections of the French couturier. The shots have become iconic, here we talk about some of them.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

In the frame – Yves Saint Laurent with Pierre Berger. In 2002, Yves presented his last collection, closed the haute couture line, and eventually retired. The designer spent the last years of his life in his colorful mansion in Marrakech.

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Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.
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