The Curious Case of the Saint Laurent Sketches

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Where in the world is the catalog of drawings created by French designer Yves Saint Laurent?

Well, YSL’s former lover (and driver) Fabrice Thomashad the illustrations but claims they were a gift from Saint Laurent before giving them to a German businessman. The problem is that the designer’s business (and life) partner Pierre Bergé claims the illustrations were stolen and a police report was filed.

French Vanity Fair explores the mystery in their second issue and Thomas is speaking out. “Why should I worry,” he told the glossy. “I can explain everything. I am not a thief. And for Saint Laurent, I was much more than a chauffeur.” Thomas said during his testimony when summoned by the Paris prosecutor’s in May. “He took care of me like a brother,” Thomas said of the German businessman, Lothar Gallinat. “That’s why I gave him my drawings. In 1994.”

Galliant declined to give his side of the story—though someone representing him told Women’s Wear Daily that a London gallery offered $385,000 for the drawings—and Thomas hopes to clear his name with a book about his life and maybe even a biopic. We'll keep watch as the mystery continues to unravel.