A 21-year-old Saint Laurent takes over as head designer of Christian Dior. His second collection for the French label is a triumph and turns him into a household name.
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, his long-time companion and business partner, launch the Saint Laurent label together. Their love story (and creative friendship) is told in the 2010 documentary "L'Amour Fou".
Yves Saint Laurent plays with gender bending and creates the iconic female tuxedo. In 2012, Hedi Slimane photographs the androgynous singer Beck in a similar tux for his first campaign as creative director of the brand.
The designer poses in front of his Bond Street store in London, wearing one of his most influential creations: the saharienne jacket.
Yves Saint Laurent the provocateur bares all for the advertising campaign supporting his first fragrance for men, Pour Homme.
Yves Saint Laurent becomes the first living fashion designer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. After the launch of a hugely successful prêt-a-porter line (the first time a major fashion label ever produced accessible ready-to-wear), the pressure of producing four collections a year had plunged the designer into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse.
Saint Laurent celebrates his 40th anniversary in fashion with a show-stopping presentation before the World Cup in Paris. Over 300 models walk in his creations at the Stade de France, watched by millions of people across the globe.
Yves Saint Laurent says "adieu" to fashion with one last runway show. Six years later, when he passes away, a nation mourns the designer as his funerals are broadcast on national television.