Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized fashion in a design career spanning nearly half a century. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Yves Saint Laurent — the brand and the man who made it.
Saint Laurent was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Oran, Algeria. His father was a lawyer who also owned a chain of movie theaters.
Saint Laurent came up with his earliest designs using elaborate paper dolls. By his teenage years, he was crafting dresses for his mother and sisters.
The future legendary designer was just 18 years old when he moved to Paris to work for the editor of French Vogue, who introduced him to Christian Dior.
Just a few short years after moving to Paris, Saint Laurent found himself head designer for the House of Dior in 1957.
Saint Laurent headed home to Algeria in 1960 to join the military. By the time he made it back to Paris, his job at Dior was gone.
Saint Laurent sued Dior after losing his job with the company and won enough in court to set up his own clothing line.
Yves Saint Laurent started his fashion line with partner and lover Pierre Berge in 1962.
The Yves Saint Laurent company is widely recognized for its tuxedo jacket for women, often referred to as "Le Smoking," which came out in 1966.
Saint Laurent was famous for his Mondrian shift dresses, which featured bold blocks of color surrounded by black trim.
Saint Laurent transformed peacoats found in Army-Navy supply shops into fashionable pieces for women.
In a time when women typically wore skirts or dresses, Saint Laurent was a revolutionary for pushing the power of pants on women.
The YSL Rive Gauche line was meant to offer affordable and accessible clothing for young people, who may not be able to splurge on the company's high-end designer pieces.
Naomi Campbell credits Saint Laurent with helping her become the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue.
The company's Opium fragrance was released in 1977.
In 1983, Saint Laurent became the first living designer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Proving he was mature enough to work with his ex, Saint Laurent kept former lover Berge on to run the business after their 1986 breakup.
Saint Laurent was just 21 years old with a few short years of design under his belt when he took the reins at the House of Dior.
Not only did he incorporate many patterns, but he was also well-known for his safari-chic designs, which included plenty of animal print.
With super short skirts, turtlenecks and black leather jackets, the beatnik style was born in 1959.
During the late '60s, many Saint Laurent designs featured translucent fabric, including the sheer blouse.
The company offered an ethnic-inspired line of haute peasant clothes — trendy patterns on fine, well-made fabrics.
The former Paris home of Yves Saint Laurent haute couture has been a museum since the famous designer retired in 2002.
In 2009, Saint Laurent's art collection sold for a record $260 million.
The designer released his final Rive Gauche line in 1998 but continued to design his haute couture line.
Gucci picked up the Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear line for a cool billion in 1999.
Tom Ford took over the role of top Yves Saint Laurent designer in 1999 and stayed in that role until 2005.
For his contribution to design, Saint Laurent was made a grand officer in the French Legion of Honor in 2007.
Saint Laurent did his final haute couture show in January 2002, effectively beginning his retirement.
Saint Laurent died in Paris of a brain tumor in 2008 at age 71.
The famous fashion line became Saint Laurent Paris in 2012 when Hedi Slimane took the top spot.