At a memorial service attended by stars of the film and fashion worlds, hundreds paid tribute to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent at a funeral service at Saint-Roch church in Paris.
French media have carried long tributes to
Office workers and residents of nearby buildings leaned out of their windows as police held crowds back. The service was broadcast live to a giant screen outside the church, whose entrance was lined with big bouquets of flowers.
Deneuve gave a reading during the service, followed by
"You could have slid into fashions at times, but instead you remained faithful to your own style, and you were quite right, for that style is now everywhere, perhaps not in fashion but in the streets of the whole world," Berge said.
Hailed as one of the great couturiers of the 20th century,
A shy and reclusive figure in his later years with few close friends, his rank in the fashion world could nonetheless be gauged from the array of celebrities at Saint Roch, a church traditionally associated with artists and musicians.
Screen legend Jeanne Moreau graced the occasion, along with models Laetitia Casta and Carla Bruni, now the wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy who also attended.
Designers Christian Lacroix and Jean-Paul Gaultier were among stars of the fashion world who joined the mourners.
The oldest child of a rich French industrialist,
After moving to
With Berge taking care of the management side,
However he struggled with alcohol and drug problems as well as ill health and he became disillusioned with the fashion scene after he retired from designing in 2002.
Date created : 2008-06-05