Rest in peace, Monsieur Saint Laurent.
The scoop in French is here and here.
A chronology of YSL's life and work is here.
And, again in French, some quotes from the master. I shall translate a few of them tomorrow once I have had some rest from my travels and given the proper attention to Mademoiselle Maya Pavlova, who is elegant in slender grey with white gloves and boots.
High fashion [couture] is a mistress who costs a lot of money; she only has seven years to live. (1974)
Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothes a woman can wear are the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who have not had the good fortune to find that happiness, I am there. (1983)
I have always thought that style was more important than fashion. Those who have made an imprint with their style are rare, whereas fashion-makers are legion. (1993)
I have participated in the transformation of my era. I did so with clothing, which is certainly less important than music, architecture, painting (...) Be that as it may, I did it. (2002)