Yves Saint Laurent, deemed by many to be the last of the great 20th century French designers and the founder of modern fashion for women, died at his Paris home last night after a long illness, aged 71.
His death was announced by Pierre Bergé, his business partner from when the two launched the famous brand in 1962, through to Saint Laurent's retirement in 2002 and his almost wholly reclusive later life. "Gabrielle Chanel gave women freedom. Yves Saint Laurent gave them power," Bergé told France Info radio. "Like all creators, Yves Saint Laurent had two faces, a public face and a private face."
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