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Monday, June 02, 2008

Legendary Designer Dies

The first paragraph of the article reads:

"PARIS - Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, who reworked the rules of fashion by putting women into elegant pantsuits that came to define how modern women dressed, died Sunday evening, a longtime friend and associate said. He was 71."

The statement that he was responsible for putting women into pants suits caught my attention and so I read the rest of the article. It was insightful.

Pierre Berge, Lourents's business partner for four decades said, "Chanel gave women freedom" in the first half, (of the 20th century) and Saint Laurent "gave them power." Saint Laurent was a "true creator," going beyond the aesthetic to make a social statement."

His clothes were designed to make a social statement.

Berge went on to say, "In this sense he was a libertarian, an anarchist and he threw bombs at the legs of society. That's how he transformed society and that's how he transformed women."

He was a fashion anarchist. His intent was to undermine society and transform women through his fashion statements. He not only transformed fashion he transformed women through fashion.

"Bouts of depression marked his career. Berge, the designer's longtime business partner and former romantic partner, was quoted as saying that Saint Laurent was born with a nervous breakdown."

He was a sodomite.

"Also from the 60s came Beatnik chic - a black leather jacket and knit turtleneck with high boots - and sleek pantsuits that underlined Saint Laurent's statement on equality of the sexes. He showed that women could wear "men's clothes," which when tailored to the female form became an emblem of elegant femininity."

He was a sodomite that used his fashion influence to show that women could wear men's clothes. Women in pants were Laurent's way of making a statement about the equality of the sexes. Women can dress like men. Of course he tailored the men's clothes to the female form admitting that he had in mind focusing attention on the female form.

"The Independent of London wrote in an editorial after Saint Laurent's retirement. "By putting a woman in a man's tuxedo, he changed fashion forever, in a style that never dated.""

It was a sodomite that put a woman in a man's tuxedo. He changed fashion forever. It was not a better understanding of scripture that did this.

"Some of his revolutionary style was met with resistance. There are famous stories of women wearing Saint Laurent pantsuits who were turned away from hotels and restaurants in London and New York."

Interesting that the new fashion was not readily received. Gradually though the moral fiber of the culture was undermined so that women now feel comfortable wearing men's clothes.

I found the article interesting because some of the things I have been saying for years about women wearing men's apparel is admitted by one of the fashion designers most responsible for the cultural shift.

But I am sure most people still will not admit the message conveyed by women wearing pants.
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