As you can imagine, tuxedos or even single-pants were only worn by men until the 19th century. In 1966 fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent changed everything. He created the first women’s tuxedo ‘Le Smoking’ on time for the emancipation period and caused a public scandal that drew him more attention and made him even more famous. The designer created a more feminine suit while he exchanged the original hard, shirt collar into a jabot, and the tie or bow tie into a single bow.
Being the first designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows, and referencing other cultures in his work made him special back then. Yves Saint-Laurent was seen by many as having empowered women by giving them the possibility to wear clothes that were usually worn by men with influence and power. Women still love Yves Saint Laurent’s invention which has continued to influence nowadays fashion designer’s collections.
|1_Tuxedo in speakfashion’s fashion dictionary|
|2_Fashion Classics in speakfashion’s fashion history|
|3_Yves Saint Laurent in speakfashion’s fashion dictionary|
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