Pieree Bergé, co founder of YSL has died.
The fashion industry has lost another amazing icon and founder of a mega fashion brand.
Pieree Bergé has died in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France from myopathy, a neuromuscular disorder.
The announcement was made by the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, he was 86.
Mr. Bergé and Mr. Saint Laurent who were then lovers created YSL back in 1961.
While they broke up shortly after, they still remained business partners with Bergé running the brand until 2002.
The unique aspect of this brand was their compelling fashion shows which showcased most of their products aside from the regular store front.
They did not just focus on the ready to wear look, yet they created handbags, makeup, perfume and more to continue to build the brand.
While the pair created a luxury brand meant for the high class, Bergé became a star in his own right outside of Laurent.
“People may hate me or love me, but they all want to brag that they once sat next to me at a dinner party,” he once said.
One thing that set him apart from other major name fashion creators was his influence in the French opera.
According to the New York Times, President François Mitterrand put him charge of Paris’s opera houses, including the newly built Bastille Opera. While in that position Bergé scandalized the music world firing the music and artistic director, contending that his salary was too high and that his plans for the house were too elitist.
The world has defiantly lost a major icon when it comes to his influence in fashion.
Take a look back at Pieree Bergé and his work with YSL below as we all keep his family in our prayers.