The life of Yves Saint Laurent was forever changed in January of 1958, when the then 21-year-old was asked to oversee the established fashion house of the legendary Christian Dior. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for the young designer—but also a major responsibility that came with very big shoes to fill. Saint Laurent more than surpassed expectations and, in the process, became a legend in his own right.
This year, a film detailing the designer’s rise to success premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The film, directed by Jalil Lespert and bearing the name of the designer, gives fans an inside look into the personal life of the fashion mogul—specifically highlighting Laurent’s relationship with his partner, Pierre Bergé, with whom he founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company. Lespert expertly captures the spirit of the Saint Laurent brand, documenting the designer’s ascent to an iconic fashion symbol, all while emphasizing the importance of Bergé’s influence on the brand and Laurent himself. The film’s US release date is set for June 25th.