Yves Saint Laurent Dies at 71

Yves Saint Laurent has died.

A longtime friend and associate of Yves Saint Laurent says the famed couturier has died at his Paris home at the age of 71. Pierre Berge says that Saint Laurent died Sunday evening following a long illness. He did not give details.

The innovative designer was an institution for decades in the world of high fashion. He was widely considered the last of a generation that included Christian Dior and Coco Chanel and made Paris the fashion capital of the world.

I’m pretty sure Paris was a fashion capital well before any of those people were born. But certainly he’s one of only a handful of clothing designers noteworthy enough that I’d heard of him.

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