YSL Giant of French Fashion, Dead at 71

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Yves Saint Laurent, who is featured in two films this evening at Northwest Film Forum, died Sunday at age 71. He was the costume designer for numerous iconic films ranging from Bunuel’s BELLE DE JOUR to the original PINK PANTHER. Saint Laurent was probably best known for inventing the tuxedo for women, known as “Le Smoking,” which he first introduced in 1966. A provocative statement at the time, Le Smoking was first worn by the great actress Lauren Becall.

“Fashion isn’t just to decorate women, but to reassure them, give them confidence”, he said when he retired in January 2002 at the age of 65

UPDATE As a special tribute screening, we’ll be showing both YSL films screened this past weekend again on Friday.

Showtimes follow:

Friday at 7 & 9pm
YVES SAINT LAURENT – 5 AVENUE MARCEAU 75116 PARIS

Friday at 7:15 & 9:15pm
YVES SAINT LAURENT – HIS LIFE AND TIMES

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One Response to “YSL Giant of French Fashion, Dead at 71”

  1. pedant365 Says:

    “Smoking” actually means any tuxedo jacket in French.

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