One of the most important and influential fashion designers of the twentieth century, Yves Saint Laurent has died in Paris, aged 71. It is reported that he died of brain cancer.

Yves Saint Laurent began his fashion career at the age of 17 when working for Dior and at the age of 21, following Christian Dior's death, was responsible for driving the company forward into the iconic international fashion brand it is today. Not content with pioneering a label under somebody elses name, in 1962, he set up his own label, YSL, and went on to supply ready-to-wear fashion to the masses, not just the rich elite.

Today, the words Yves Saint Laurent are as synonymous with fashion as the names of the garments themselves, and while he will be sorely missed, his influence will be continue to be felt.