The Enduring Appeal of a Saint Laurent Tuxedo Jacket

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When Yves Saint Laurent first showed ‘Le Smoking’ in 1966 – a black, satin-lapelled tuxedo, cut for the shape of a woman – his haute couture clients were nonplussed, and only a single one was sold. Saint Laurent nonetheless persevered: a version of the tuxedo jacket, shown later as part of the house’s younger Rive Gauche line, was an instant bestseller. “For a woman, the tuxedo is an indispensable garment in which she will always feel inhellip;

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