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Monday, 7 January, 2002, 11:27 GMT
In pictures: Yves Saint Laurent
After more than 40 years in the fashion business Algerian-born couturier Yves Saint Laurent has announced his retirement, having built a clothing empire that redefined women's style.

From his beginnings at the house of Christian Dior to the creation of his own fashion house, Saint Laurent has long been recognised as one of the most influential designers in the fashion world.

BBC News Online looks back at some of his trend-setting creations.

Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 with model Svetlana
His first collection for the fashion house Christian Dior

Mr Saint Laurent with models wearing clothes from his Spring 1964 collection
Surrounded by adoring models after the creation of his own fashion house...

Mr Saint Laurent with models outside his boutique in London
His fashions for many embodied the sixties

With model Claudia Schiffer
His designs are worn by the world's most beautiful women...

Model Alex Wek wears YSL couture in the Sahara desert
... and the styles have crossed continents

Flanked by two models from his 1998 collection
He will be remembered as one of fashion's most innovative designers
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