Carla Bruni, Nicolas Sarkozy and Pierre Berge, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Celebs and fellow fashion industry folk attend his funeral

Summary by: FT Staff
Thursday morning saw a fashion icon's body put to rest as stars across the board gathered to honour the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Saint Laurent died last Sunday from a brain tumor at the age of 71. But before his death, the legendary designer had a career spanning 4 decades revolutionizing the way women dress, look and feel. He was the first to introduce the tuxedo for women, the first to draw inspiration from other cultures and the first to have ethnic models walk down the runway.

According to AFP, the funeral took place in Saint-Roch church in central Paris with 800 attendees and hundreds of onlookers who were able to watch the ceremony from outside on giant screens.

Attendees included French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, former model turned First Lady, Carla Bruni, former Yves Saint Laurent muse and film star Catherine Deneuve who recited a poem at the funeral. And of course Saint Laurent's former lover and long-time business partner Pierre Berge who said of his old friend, "He turned fashion on its head," reports AFP.

Some of the biggest names in Paris's fashion scene and all over the world were there to pay tribute as well including: Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel, Kenzo Takada, and Valentino. Karl Lagerfeld was unfortunately "away on business" according to Chanel reps, and was unable to pay his respects.

Photo courtesy of Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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