"How do I create clothes? I put my ideas on paper, which are later made up in toile and revised by me, if necessary. My best ideas come in the morning, when I wake up — and in absolutely quiet surroundings. My idea is 'woman' in general, and a collection must fit all types.''
— Yves Saint Laurent, 1957
"Art is a very big word for couture. It's a métier like any other, but a poetic métier.'' — 1963
"I don't think that the round woman is the modern woman. The woman today has bones — she is nervous. The woman of the 19th century was round. C'est fini the round. It is for Renoir.'' — 1966
"One thing you can be sure of, I'll not finish my career doing couture as I'm doing it now.'' — 1968
"Real fashion today comes from the young people manning the streets — those between 30 and 35. The difference between day and evening clothes is outdated. The new fashion freedom permits people to be as they are or as they want to be — to go to dinner, for instance, as they were in the morning in black jersey, or anything else. My new collection is based on the idea of the suit — the practical, modern, easy world of the suit. Not the suit as we've known it...a suit that will look different with a skirt or pants. And pants with coats are part of our life.'' — 1968
"So they have crowned me king. Look what happened to all the other kings in France.'' — 1968
"Recent political events, the reaction of young people to fashion and the way of life today make the haute couture a relic of the past. I do not want to find myself in the past — or in a stronghold cut off from everything. — 1968