Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008)
Museum no. T.369-1974
Given by M. Yves Saint Laurent
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Saint Laurent used Dutch artist Piet Mondrian's abstract grid paintings to create a series of simple shift dresses that have become icons of 1960s style. They were immediately copied in man-made fabrics such as Bri-nylon. In 1966, in a shrewd business move, Yves Saint Laurent opened his first Rive Gauche boutique selling cheaper 'prêt-à-porter' clothes to a wider market.