Yves Saint Laurent's early, '50s and '60s career has been the primary focus of two recent biopics
. But, the designer actually did some of his most celebrated work in the decades after
his boy-genius years.
It's those years that are vividly captured in Yves Saint Laurent
, a new book of photographs by Roxanne Lowit. The tome offers a behind-the-scenes peek at some of Saint Laurent's most iconic designs — from 1976's sumptuous Ballets Russes
collection to the brocade and ball-gown looks of the '80s, all the way until his last show in 2002.
Click ahead for an inside look at the height of Saint Laurent's jet-setting lifestyle — model besties, celeb muses, and all — and his era-defining designs.Yves Saint Laurent
is available at Thames & Hudson