Empress Farah Pahlavi attends the funeral services of fashion designer
Yves Saint Laurent
on June 5, 2008 at Eglise Saint-Roch in Paris, France.

From left Empress Farah Pahlavi, Madame Chirac, French President and his wife.
Yves Saint Laurent remained a close friend of Empress Farah throughout her exile and had
designed her wedding dress while previously working at Christian Dior.

Left: Empress with Mrs. Bernadette Chirac spouse of the Former President of France
Right: The French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni

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President Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni and Empress Farah Pahlavi, were amongst the hundreds attending the funeral

The great and the good of the fashion world gathered in a Paris church to pay their last respects to fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent.

He died of a brain tumour in Paris on Sunday at the age of 71.

Saint Laurent changed the face of fashion with hallmark designs like his women's tuxedo and trouser suits.

He designed clothes that reflected women's changing role in society: more confident personally, sexually and in the workplace.

As well as fashion luminaries such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Hubert de Givenchy, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Sonia Rykiel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his new wife Carla Bruni - herself a former top model - were among the 800 mourners invited to the high-profile funeral.

Hundreds of onlookers were gathered outside the Saint-Roch church in central Paris, following events inside relayed on a giant screen.

Moving tributes

French film star Catherine Deneuve, visibly moved, gave a reading during the service, and was followed by Pierre Berge, the designer's former business and personal partner, who paid a moving tribute to his long-term partner, recounting his first meeting with YSL and his influence on fashion.