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02 June, 2008 - Published 11:01 GMT
Fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent dies
One of the legendary names of the world of fashion, Yves Saint Laurent, has died. His clothes were worn by the rich and famous - but they also helped revolutionise what every woman wears today. He was 71. This report from Razia Iqbal:
Yves Saint Laurent had a precocious talent; at the age of eighteen he won a dress design competition, which brought him to the notice of Christian Dior. Within three years, Dior had died and Yves St Laurent had taken his place.
He made clothes that were elegant and sexy, reflecting women's more confident role in society. He took the world by storm with his tuxedo, ethnic prints and designs inspired by the art world.
Taunted as a schoolboy because of his homosexuality, he suffered mental and physical ill-health for much of his life and rarely appeared in public. But his influence will last for years to come - France has lost not only its greatest fashion designer but also a cultural icon.
Razia Iqbal, BBC
a precocious talent
brought him to the notice
took the world by storm
for years to come
a cultural icon
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