The Magic of Yves Saint Laurent

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  • Yves Saint Laurent changed fashion. A New book paints a very personal portrait...

    Were it not for the catwalk, fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent and photographer, Roxanne Lowit would probably never have met.

    Yves Saint Laurent was forward-thinking. He made masculine tailoring a must for the modern woman, sent non-white women down the runway and took couture to the main stream in the form of ready-to-wear. Roxanne Lowit was also a pioneer of her own art form. Model friends like Jerry Hall would sneak the New York-born fashion photographer backstage at the shows. She was suddenly documenting a whole new world, never before seen by the cameras.

    The pair met in 1978. From then on, Lowit would be a regular fixture at Saint Laurent’s shows – snapping his muses, the clothes, the make-up artists and the man himself – right up until his last collection in 2002.

    Her new book, ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ (£29.95; Thames & Hudson) paints an intimate portrait of the post-war couturier that goes far beyond public perceptions. Catch a glimpse here…

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