PARIS — Anne-Marie Muñoz, a key figure at Saint Laurent who managed the design studio for four decades, died on Jan. 3 at 87.
Her death was confirmed by the Musée Yves Saint Laurent.
Muñoz, whose full married name was Muñoz-Yagüe, was born under the name Poupard on Feb. 27, 1932 in Bordeaux. At the age of 18, she moved to Paris and her uncle Henri Sauguet, a composer, introduced her to his longtime friend, Christian Dior, who brought her into his house in 1951. She met Yves Saint Laurent in 1955 and the pair became firm friends, forming a tight circle that included Karl Lagerfeld and star model Victoire Doutreleau.
Muñoz worked for a decade at Dior before taking part in the first Yves Saint Laurent collection in January 1962, then moved to the house the following year to work alongside Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. She worked at the house until 2002, overseeing the production of more than 150 haute couture and ready-to-wear collections over the years, according to a statement from the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.
She married José-Maria Muñoz-Yagüe in 1962, and had two children, Carlos and Marie.
Known for her unconventional approach and refined style, Muñoz counted artists among