Irving Penn originally wanted to become a painter, but at the age of 26 began designing, then photographing covers for Vogue magazine. In 1958, when he took this portrait of Yves Saint Laurent, he was named one of the world's top ten photographers in an international poll conducted by Popular Photography Magazine.
The portrait drawn by Bernard Buffet in 1958 still hangs behind Yves Saint Laurent's desk in his studio.
Horst is considered a master of light and deep shadow photography, but he began his artistic career as an apprentice in Le Corbusier's atelier in Paris. By 1932, he was working at Vogue magazine, moving regularly between Paris and New York. He spent the next 60 years as a chronicler of the fashionable, the famous, and their glamorous interiors.
In 1958, he photographed Yves Saint Laurent during a trip through Europe, gathering images for his next book.
Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1901-1968) designed the distinctive Yves Saint Laurent logo which still remains a cultural icon.
A poster, unlike a painting, is not, and is not meant to be, a work easily distinguished by its 'manner' - a unique specimen conceived to satisfy the demanding tastes of a single more or less enlightened art lover. It is meant to be a mass-produced object existing in thousands of copies - like a fountain-pen or automobile. Like them, it is designed to answer certain strictly material needs. It must have a commercial fashion.
- Adolphe Mouron Cassandre