“Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role.” —French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died on this day in 2008. It was Saint Laurent’s idea to promote YSL pour Homme, the designer’s first eau de toilette for men, by sitting for the camera wearing only his glasses. He told photographer Jeanloup Sieff, “I want to create a scandal,” and intended to pose with the perfume bottle between his legs but Sieff talked him out of it. The backlit, moody image did cause a scandal, as well as the boost in sales Saint Laurent hoped for. Years later, Sieff said he regretted not shooting the image the way Yves wanted to.
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Photo: Yves Saint Laurent for YSL pour Homme, 1971, by the late Jeanloup Sieff.