Meeting Catherine Deneuve

 Catherine Deneuve was 22 years old when she met Yves Saint Laurent for the first time. She was married to the British photographer David Bailey and was about to be introduced to the Queen of England when she chose Saint Laurent to dress her. She later commissioned another dress from him for an event promoting Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort). Deneuve also suggested that Saint Laurent design her costumes for Luis Buñuel’s Belle de jour. It would be the beginning of an enduring friendship.

We write to each other often. I call her ‘Catherine, my sweet,’ and she sends me pale-colored roses.

Yves Saint Laurent, Elle (France), January 27, 1992.