A look inside Dior's new book about Yves Saint Laurent
Before Maria Grazia Chiuri, Raf Simons and John Galliano, there was Yves Saint Laurent. Yes, style mavens would immediately laud the designer for his namesake label — though now shortened to just Saint Laurent — but true fans would know that the storied designer cut his teeth as a wunderkind at the house of Dior.
The late Frenchman is celebrated in Assouline's new series of reference books to mark the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior. Each tome is dedicated to the seven designers who have headed the design of the label — among household names such as Grazia Chiuri, Simons and Galliano, legendary personalities such as Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré and Dior himself are part of the collection.
The second volume celebrates Saint Laurent from his first days as Dior's creative head at the young age of 21 through his tenure till 1960. You'll learn yourself how the designer had credited Dior as being "the first to reveal the secrets and mysteries of haute couture", the creation of the famed Trapeze dress as well as other silhouettes that have stood the test of time. Check out a preview of the book and some of Saint Laurent's most iconic lines below.