Thursday August 4 2011.


This week would have marked Yves Saint Laurent’s 75th Birthday, sadly we lost him to the dreaded C in 2008 – so this is a Bijou homage to the fashion legend.

At the tender age of 17 Yves Saint Laurent became Christian Dior’s much loved assistant and a mere four years later head of the House of Dior after Christian Dior’s untimely death.  A huge name to live up to a 21 year old Saint Laurent quickly won over the fashion glitterati with his first collection for the House of Dior which featured modern takes on the classic Dior ‘New Look.’ The historical waters are muddied between 1958 and 1960 with a brief stint conscripted into the French army and a courtcase battle with the House of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent emerged with his own fashion house and some of the most influential designs of the century.  

Perhaps the most synonymous with the Yves Saint Laurent brand name is ‘Le Smoking’ the famous Tuxedo for women.  The look seems to be having a revival in 2011, a staple in Janelle Monae’s wardrobe and also a red carpet choice for the likes of Alexa Chung, the Olsen’s and Kate Moss.  However I’ve yet to see a bride rocking the look, correct me if I’m wrong?

Le Smoking

Yves Saint Laurent also created a wealth of incredible and at times ridiculous Wedding Dresses.  Take a look at this knitted cocoon wedding dress, which could also be likened to a knitted condom! 

Cocoon Wedding Dress – 1965

How about this White Ostrich feather wedding dress as worn by one of Yves Saint Laurent’s favourite model’s Laetitia Casta. 

Ostrich Feather wedding dress – 2000
A chiffon wrap wedding dress – 1990
Claudia Schiffer closing the show at Yves Saint Laurent – 1996

In the later life Yves Saint Laurent revisited some of his more provocative wedding dress designs of the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

Carla Bruni at the World Cup in France in the Dove wedding dress
Laetitia Casta again in a recreation of the iconic 70’s Flower Wedding Dress – 2009

A Bijou edit for Yves Saint Laurent inspired brides…

RIP the late and great Yves Saint Laurent