The Yves Saint Laurent Quiz

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The Yves Saint Laurent Quiz
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Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized fashion in a design career spanning nearly half a century. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Yves Saint Laurent — the brand and the man who made it.
Where was Yves Saint Laurent born?
France
Algeria
Saint Laurent was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Oran, Algeria. His father was a lawyer who also owned a chain of movie theaters.
Italy

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How did Saint Laurent first express his love for fashion?
painting
sewing
paper dolls
Saint Laurent came up with his earliest designs using elaborate paper dolls. By his teenage years, he was crafting dresses for his mother and sisters.

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How old was Saint Laurent when he moved to Paris to pursue fashion?
18 years old
The future legendary designer was just 18 years old when he moved to Paris to work for the editor of French Vogue, who introduced him to Christian Dior.
21 years old
25 years old

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True or false: Yves Saint Laurent became the head designer at Dior in 1957.
true
Just a few short years after moving to Paris, Saint Laurent found himself head designer for the House of Dior in 1957.
false

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Why did Saint Laurent head back to Algeria in 1960?
military duty
Saint Laurent headed home to Algeria in 1960 to join the military. By the time he made it back to Paris, his job at Dior was gone.
He hated the fashion industry.
to be with his family

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How did Saint Laurent get the money to start his own clothing company?
from his parents
from a lawsuit
Saint Laurent sued Dior after losing his job with the company and won enough in court to set up his own clothing line.
from gambling

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What year did Saint Laurent open his own design house?
1960
1962
Yves Saint Laurent started his fashion line with partner and lover Pierre Berge in 1962.
1964

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What was "Le Smoking"?
a film
a song
a jacket
The Yves Saint Laurent company is widely recognized for its tuxedo jacket for women, often referred to as "Le Smoking," which came out in 1966.

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What did Saint Laurent decorate with prints by Dutch painter Mondrian in the 1960s?
suits
socks
dresses
Saint Laurent was famous for his Mondrian shift dresses, which featured bold blocks of color surrounded by black trim.

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Yves Saint Laurent helped make this utilitarian item trendy.
peacoat
Saint Laurent transformed peacoats found in Army-Navy supply shops into fashionable pieces for women.
rain boots
jeans

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True or false: Saint Laurent believed that a woman should wear pants.
true
In a time when women typically wore skirts or dresses, Saint Laurent was a revolutionary for pushing the power of pants on women.
false

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What did the company name its low-cost line?
Rue Gauche
Viva Gauche
Rive Gauche
The YSL Rive Gauche line was meant to offer affordable and accessible clothing for young people, who may not be able to splurge on the company's high-end designer pieces.

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True or false: Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first designers to embrace models of color.
true
Naomi Campbell credits Saint Laurent with helping her become the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue.
false

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Which of these fragrances came out in 1977?
Opium
The company's Opium fragrance was released in 1977.
Y
Rive Gauche

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What year did the Metropolitan Museum of Art give Yves Saint Laurent a solo exhibit?
1973
1983
In 1983, Saint Laurent became the first living designer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1993

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True or false: Pierre Berge continued to run the company after he and Saint Laurent broke up.
true
Proving he was mature enough to work with his ex, Saint Laurent kept former lover Berge on to run the business after their 1986 breakup.
false

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True or false: Saint Laurent was just 21 years old when he took the head designer role at Dior.
true
Saint Laurent was just 21 years old with a few short years of design under his belt when he took the reins at the House of Dior.
false

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True or false: Saint Laurent rarely used prints in his design, preparing solid colors.
true
false
Not only did he incorporate many patterns, but he was also well-known for his safari-chic designs, which included plenty of animal print.

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What year did Saint Laurent help create the beatnik style?
1959
With super short skirts, turtlenecks and black leather jackets, the beatnik style was born in 1959.
1969
1979

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Which of these did Saint Laurent focus on in the late '60s?
neon colors
leather pants
sheer fabrics
During the late '60s, many Saint Laurent designs featured translucent fabric, including the sheer blouse.

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True or false: Saint Laurent embraced the hippie style of the '70s.
true
The company offered an ethnic-inspired line of haute peasant clothes — trendy patterns on fine, well-made fabrics.
false

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What is now located at 5 Avenue Marceau, former home of the YSL couture line?
a home
a museum
The former Paris home of Yves Saint Laurent haute couture has been a museum since the famous designer retired in 2002.
a bank

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True or false: Saint Laurent was a well-known art collector.
true
In 2009, Saint Laurent's art collection sold for a record $260 million.
false

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What year did Saint Laurent release his last collection for Rive Gauche?
1998
The designer released his final Rive Gauche line in 1998 but continued to design his haute couture line.
2000
2002

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How much did the YSL ready-to-wear line sell for in 1999?
$100 million
$500 million
$1 billion
Gucci picked up the Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear line for a cool billion in 1999.

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Who took over the role of design for YSL in 1999?
Donatella Versace
Tom Jones
Tom Ford
Tom Ford took over the role of top Yves Saint Laurent designer in 1999 and stayed in that role until 2005.

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True or false: Yves Saint Laurent was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2007.
true
For his contribution to design, Saint Laurent was made a grand officer in the French Legion of Honor in 2007.
false

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When did Saint Laurent quit design for good?
2000
2002
Saint Laurent did his final haute couture show in January 2002, effectively beginning his retirement.
2004

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What year did Saint Laurent die?
2004
2008
Saint Laurent died in Paris of a brain tumor in 2008 at age 71.
2012

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What was the company name changed to in 2012?
YSL
Saint Laurent Limited
Saint Laurent Paris
The famous fashion line became Saint Laurent Paris in 2012 when Hedi Slimane took the top spot.

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