YVES SAINT LAURENT QUOTES

French fashion designer (1936-2008)

Anyone who reaches for great expression has to be careful of the ridiculous.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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Fashions fade, style is eternal.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Reader's Digest, volume 118, 1980

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I like to watch the way a model moves in my clothes, the way she gives them life, or if they are wrong, stillborn, the way her life rejects them.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, New Woman Magazine, 1991

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After so many years of exploring, my art still fascinates me. I know of no greater exaltation. You think there is no going further, that everything is forever fixed and finished--and then, suddenly, depths and vistas reveal themselves that you thought out of reath and that your wealth of experience now fully opens to you. So many times did I believe myself impotent, broken, and desperate before the black curtain of weariness--and so many times did this curtain then rip itself apart to allow glimpses of limitless horizons, enabling me to feel my greatest joys, and, I dare to say, moments of true pride.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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I don't really like knees.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, The Observer, August 3, 1958

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[Fashion is] a kind of vitamin for style.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Ritz, no. 85

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Each model I have represents a type of ideal women to me.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Interview Magazine

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I love women. I love all the bright and attractive people and things of this world, the flame and also the moth, the dancer and the dance.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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My name will be written in fiery letters on the Champs Elysees.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, his ninth birthday wish, Dazed & Confused, March 2000

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Fashions pass quickly, and nothing is more pathetic than those puppets of fashion outrageously made up one day, pale the next, pleated or ironed stiff, libertine or ascetic. Playing with fashion is an art. The first rule is don't burn your wings.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, "18 Of The Best Yves Saint Laurent Quotes", Stylishlyme

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I participated in the transformation of my era. I did it with clothes, which is surely less important than music, architecture, painting ... but whatever it's worth I did it.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, "Some fashion wisdom from Yves Saint Laurent", USA Today, June 1, 2008

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What is wonderful about my art is that dream and reality can become one. There is just one step between the two.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, attributed, High-heeled Wonder

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It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Ritz, no. 85

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I don't like [to] make a woman ... an abstract concept of the fashion. I don't like [to] say, "You must wear that." ... I am not a dictator.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, "The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise", NPR, June 24, 2014

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Finding your own style is not easy, but once found it brings complete happiness. It gives you self-confidence, always.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Catalog of the Exhibition Held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

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A good model can advance fashion by ten years.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Ritz, no. 85

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No more rules, the freedom of dressing. The beauty of mixing vintage clothes with a pair of jeans that I love.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, interview, Dazed & Confused, March 2000

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