Christian Lacroix, the heir to Yves Saint Laurent – fashion archive, 1987

The Observer
In August 1961, Yves Saint Laurent declared, ‘Haute couture cannot be modernised.’ It was a bold statement and a sign of the times, for at the dawn of the Sixties it seemed obvious that mass-produced, ready-to-wear fashion was the way forward in a new, young-spirited, democratic age. Haute couture had become an anachronism, the province of the rich, the stuffy and the middle-aged – and would never again hold sway over the world of fashion.

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