A legend was created at 17 in Paris, France - where he won a design competition with a sketch of a cocktail dress.  YSL's career as Christian Dior's "right arm" and soon ascended to head designer after the couturier's death in 1958.

A legend was created at 17 in Paris, France - where he won a design competition with a sketch of a cocktail dress. YSL's career as Christian Dior's "right arm" and soon ascended to head designer after the couturier's death in 1958.

Velvet Sheath Dress and Faille de Chine Coat, fall/winter 1983 Yves Saint Laurent Modeled by Carla Bruni at the YSL show in Paris

Velvet Sheath Dress and Faille de Chine Coat, fall/winter 1983 Yves Saint Laurent Modeled by Carla Bruni at the YSL show in Paris

Yves St Laurent, 1958; photo by AP/Corbis; reprinted in WWD 10 April 2012 in timeline of designers for Dior

Yves St Laurent, 1958; photo by AP/Corbis; reprinted in WWD 10 April 2012 in timeline of designers for Dior

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture- A/W 1987-88 Pink wool coat jacket with black cuffs, buttons and bow collar. L'officiel No.734, September 1987

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture- A/W 1987-88 Pink wool coat jacket with black cuffs, buttons and bow collar. L'officiel No.734, September 1987

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