French designer Yves Saint Laurent shot to fame at 21 at the helm of Dior, before going it alone. PARIS, France — Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent was the founding figure for modernity in fashion
In 1964, Yves Saint Laurent followed in the footsteps of Poiret and Chanel and launched Y, his first fragrance. He wanted to create a “lush, heavy, and languid perfume.” His muse, the indomitable Catherine Deneuve, is seen here in the house's headquarters 2 years later, fronting a beautiful line up of boxes full of the transcedental elixir hiding behind the maker's first initial...Y parfum. The nose behind the formula is Jean Amic.