YVES SAINT LAURENT
Saint-Laurent's started his own couture house, which was financed by his lover Pierre Berge in 1962 after learning his trade at Christian Dior. In 2002, dogged by years of poor health, drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, criticisms of YSL designs, and problems with lead designer Tom Ford, Saint-Laurent and Gucci closed the illustrious couture house of YSL. While the house no longer exists, the brand still survives through its parent company Gucci. The YSL fragrance & aftershaves lines are very succesful, with well known fragrances such as Rive Gauche, Opium and Jazz.