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Some Like It Haute: 16 Iconic Yves Saint Laurent Fashions

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Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello premiered at Cannes and stars Gaspard Ulliel as the legendary designer with Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, and Lea Seydoux. The film takes a look at how Saint Laurent managed to revolutionize women’s fashion in the 20th century, with innovations such as le smoking and his dabbling in art and international cultures.

To celebrate the critically-acclaimed Saint Laurent opening in New York and Los Angeles on May 8, let’s take a stroll down fashion’s memory runway at some of the designer’s greatest creations over his prestigious 40-plus year career.

Here are 16 of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic designs ever.

1. After taking over the revered Christian Dior at only 21 in 1957, the young Yves Saint Laurent quickly set minds at ease

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2. But his association with Dior was short-lived and in 1962, he and partner Pierre Bergé launched their first solo collection

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3. The iconic Mondrian shift followed in 1965

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4. The same collection featured the knitted wedding dress

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5. The following year, his Pop Art Collection further shook up the fashion industryysl mod

6. And really set the precedent for “giving face”

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7. The gender-bending Le smoking also made its debut with the Pop Art Collection and ushered in a new way of dressing for women

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8. 1967 saw the designer’s obsession with African culture come to a beautiful head (and a beaded body)

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9. 1968’s transparent looks had the establishment gagging but the kids’ tongues wagging

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10. YSL’s ’40s collection presaged throwback fashion in 1971

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11. That same year, Saint Laurent’s birthday suit was on display for this iconic shot, an advertisement for his first men’s fragrance — Homme

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12. 1976’s Ballets Russes ventured behind the iron curtain for draping inspiration

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13. This 1978 collection wasn’t called “Pure Elegance” for nothin’

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14. E-L-E-G-A-N-C-E — you own everything.

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15. By the ’80s, Iman was Yves Saint Laurent’s predominant muse because, well, she’s Iman

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16. This haute couture gown from 1986 gave a nod to his Dior past, thus coming full circle

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