Suzy Menkes erklärt in einem Interview in der New York Times allen Nachgeborenen die Bedeutung von Yves Saint Laurent:

„I think it’s so hard for anybody to understand now how revolutionary his ideas were. The idea of wearing pants to the office! And the stories are legion. Nan Kempner wore one of the first Saint Laurent trouser suits to one of those fancy Madison Avenue restaurants and was denied access. She famously took off her pants and walked in wearing only the jacket. And it was that kind of revolution that was echoed in fashion and in life.“

Dies ist eines der berühmtesten Fotos von Helmut Newton von einem der berühmtesten Outfits der Modegeschichte: Le Smoking aus der Yves-Saint-Laurent-Kollektion von 1975 – der Vorläufer aller Hosenanzüge. Ohne Yves Saint Laurent hätten die Bankerinnen, Politikerinnen und Bürofrauen der Welt nichts Ordentliches anzuziehen.

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