Died: June 1, 2008
Best Known as: French fashion designer
Deathplace: Paris, France
Yves Saint-Laurent was a French fashion designer who established houses of couture and boutiques in Paris and New York. He became the head of the House of Dior at the age of 21. Yves Saint-Laurent revolutionized the fashion world by creating trousers and broad-shouldered suits that were images of power for women. His focus on an androgynous look was extremely influential in 1970s fashion. He also designed for the Ballets de Roland Petit. Gucci acquired his ready-to-wear and cosmetics divisions in 2000. Saint-Laurent retired and closed his house in 2002.