Yves Saint Laurent


‘YSL: The initials evoke allure and sophistication, and this brilliant illustrated portrait of the iconic designer has both’ Tatler


ISBN: 9780500023037 Category:

Roxanne Lowit


Yves Saint Laurent is a name synonymous with style, elegance and high fashion. When he came on the scene at Dior and then started his own line, he quickly changed the way people regarded haute couture and the world of fashion itself. He revolutionized women’s evening wear when he introduced Le Smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation.

Yves Saint Laurent is Roxanne Lowit’s personal photographic history of Saint Laurent, the man and the fashion, from 1978, the year she first met him, to the last show he gave in 2002. With contributions from YSL’s muses and admirers, including Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux, Lucie de la Falaise, Pat Cleveland and Valerie Steele, this book represents the backstage experience at YSL’s shows as Lowit experienced them herself. Whether surrounded by beautiful models or peeking at the catwalk from the wings, every moment was a magnificent photo opportunity. Lowit shares magical moments of YSL with the world – intimate, social, absorbed in fashion – and creates a unique portrait of this towering figure of postwar couture.

Additional information

Weight 1179 g
Dimensions 20.2 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 February 2020
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Pierre Bergé
Dimensions 20.2 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1179 g


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Roxanne Lowit is a New York-based fashion photographer who started taking pictures in the 1970s. Her photographs have appeared in many magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine and Glamour, and she has worked on numerous advertising campaigns for, among others, Dior, Barney's and Vivienne Westwood. Pierre Bergé was Yves Saint Laurent's partner and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House.