Yves Saint Laurent Perfume
and Yves Saint Laurent Cologne
Born in Algeria in 1936 Yves Saint Laurent left home at 17 to study fashion design in Paris
. After graduation, he showed some of his drawings to the editor of Vogue, who in turn showed them to Christian Dior who immediately hired Saint Laurent. Though he was an assistant, he was given menial, mundane tasks, but he did not go unnoticed. He was allowed to submit sketches and with every season more and more of his designs were accepted by Dior. In August of 1957 only months before his sudden death
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in October, Dior chose Saint Laurent to be his successor, a decision that ultimately saved the house of Dior from immediate financial ruin upon his demise.
At the helm Saint Laurent launched the successful “trapeze dress” for the spring 1958 collection. This triumph did not last for long however as his next offerings were not nearly as well received. In 1960 Saint Laurent was conscripted to serve in the French Army for the Algerian War of Independence and upon his return in 1962 he set up his own fashion house where he was to prove himself to be perhaps the industry's greatest designer. Saint Laurent launched his first women’s perfume, Y, in 1964. Rive Gauche for Women followed a few years later as did his first men’s cologne, Pour Hommes. Opium for Women was launched in 1977 but it was not until 1995 that Opium for Men was introduced. Other popular fragrances include Baby Doll, the Kouros series and Young Sexy Lovely.