Yves Saint Laurent left home at the age of 17 to design for Christian Dior. Following Dior’s death in 1957 Saint-Laurent was tapped to save the Dior fashion house from financial ruin at the mere age of 22. In 1962 he founded his own label, Yves Saint Laurent and from there, he became one of the most influential fashion designers of all time. Yves retired in 2002 (view a photo slideshow of Yves & his last collection here), and passed away Sunday evening at the age of 71. May he rest in peace!

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