Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, one of the most famous of all women’s designs, was inspired by the men’s tuxedo. Photo: Handout
Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, one of the most famous of all women’s designs, was inspired by the men’s tuxedo. Photo: Handout
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How Britain’s King Edward VII inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket – Queen Victoria’s son ‘invented’ the tuxedo which the designer turned into high fashion for women

  • An American guest of the then-Prince of Wales at Sandringham had a jacket like the prince’s made in Savile Row which he wore at the Tuxedo Club in upstate New York
  • In a nod to Sandringham’s cigar lounge, the French call black-tie attire ‘smoking’ which Saint Laurent adapted to Le Smoking for his svelter women’s version

Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, one of the most famous of all women’s designs, was inspired by the men’s tuxedo. Photo: Handout
Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, one of the most famous of all women’s designs, was inspired by the men’s tuxedo. Photo: Handout
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