January 7, 2002
The Farewell

At a press conference on January 7, 2002, Yves Saint Laurent announced his intention to cease his career as a fashion designer.  

I am proud that women all over the world wear pantsuits, tuxedoes, pea coats, and trench coats. I tell myself that I have created the contemporary woman’s wardrobe, that I have contributed to changing my era. … I want to thank the women who have worn my clothes, those who are famous and those who are not, who were loyal and who gave me so much joy. … Today I have decided to bid farewell to this career that I have loved so dearly. … I want to thank you, those who are here and those who are not, for having always been there over the years. For having supported, understood, and loved me. I will not forget you. 

Yves Saint Laurent