LAURENT WITH YVES
Makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen on her induction into an iconic fashion house.
“In the ‘80s, I was chosen to be the assistant to the great makeup artist José Luis, the man who created the Yves Saint Laurent cosmetic line.
If memory serves, it was the first line created by a living fashion designer.
We worked closely with Mr. Saint Laurent, who was EXTRAORDINARY. He would talk to my mentor at length about what colors we could take from the collection, because the fabrics were bought long in advance.
The color combinations he chose were really unusual: red and hot pink, yellow and purple, turquoise and brown
ALL OF THAT translated into the makeup.
His vision had to be accomplished; you had to think out of the box all the time. I absorbed everything I possibly could.
I saw the clients who came to the couture house: extremely affluent, chic women from every corner of the world.
There were wealthy Indian heiresses, mistresses of South American tycoons, and wives of African presidents, as well as legendary movie stars and socialites.
The couture house itself was impressive, too; the décor, the hierarchy, the way people were moving.
You had to have good taste and manners, otherwise you couldn’t survive there. If you made three wrong moves, you were out. It was an education.
Every minute was an education.
— as told to The Thick