Yves Saint Laurent retrospective book

Saturday is garage sale day for me, and today was no exception. What was exceptional about today, though, was this:


$1.50 for an insprational coffee table book on all things Yves Saint Laurent, complete with a plethora of sketches and a whole chapter on Le Smoking.


It makes me feel like this. (Especially after reading that on 30 January 1958, after Laurent's first collection at Dior, Parisiens demonstrated in the streets chanting his name and proclaiming that Yves Saint Laurent had saved France. He was 22. A fashion revolutionary, indeed.)

YSL's influence knows no bounds. S/S 1978 at YSL brought this:


S/S 2009 at Prada brought this:

Then there's Veruschka's

 iconic safari photograph from July 1968 Vogue Paris:


It's suffered many dubious 'homages', the latest featuring Gisele Bundchen in the upcoming June/July Australian Harper's Bazaar. I wonder what Diana Vreeland would think.


Can you imagine a 21-year-old at the head of a couturier such as Dior today?! What a prodigy.