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Click here to read a 1961 article about Jacqueline Kennedy's influence on American fashion.




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When Christian Dior died quite suddenly in 1957, the eggheads of the fashion world were all in a panic as to who would oversee the great fashion house he established; all eyes turned to his very young assistant, a 21 year old man named Yves Saint Laurent (1936 2008).

In the decades since this column first appeared, Yves Saint Laurent has been categorized ten times over as one of the grand masters of fashion - but that was not quite so evident at the time. This article will succinctly reveal what was known about him then and his various talents:

"His 1958 fall collection, 'the curve line' - accenting high bodices and lowering hemlines to 15 inches from the floor, met with the same critical applause that greeted the Trapeze line...".

Both Dior and Yves Saint Laurent had a good deal of trouble with people who would illegally copy their designs; click here to read about that part of fashion history.

     


Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

Yves Saint Laurent Takes Over the House of Dior (Coronet Magazine, 1958)

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