PARIS (AFP) Celebrities and the biggest names in fashion including Claudia Schiffer, Catherine Deneuve and France's ex-supermodel first lady Carla Bruni will pay a final tribute to "prince of fashion" Yves Saint Laurent at his funeral. The legendary designer, who dominated international couture from the swinging 1960s until his 2002 retirement, died Sunday in his Paris home of a brain tumour, aged 71. Supermodel Schiffer along with film stars Alain Delon and Deneuve will be among the 800 mourners joining Saint Laurent's former lover and longtime business partner, Pierre Berge, who founded the iconic YSL house in 1961, when the designer was only 25. The 3:30 pm (1330 GMT) funeral service at the Saint-Roch church, one of Paris' biggest, is "on an invitation only basis", Father Roland Letteron, the Roman Catholic priest who will officiate, told AFP. Tributes pouring in for the reclusive fashion giant, who despite his success was mentally and physically frail throughout his life, hailed his legacy as revolutionising women's wardrobes with a new androgynous style that mirrored women's push for a stronger social role. "He turned fashion on its head," said Berge, "making it socially relevant rather than merely esthetic. With Saint Laurent, women ceased being merely clothes-horses or the objects of designer fantasies." At the service, intimate friend Deneuve is to recite a poem in homage to the man who created her outfits for the cult 1967 liberation movie by Luis Bunuel "Belle De Jour", about a frigid housewife who spends afternoons as a prostitute. The late baroque church is located close to the Louvre museum on one of Paris' most exclusive streets, the Rue Saint-Honore, home to a bevy of top-end designer boutiques. In homage to its founder, YSL shops worldwide were to close for two hours from 1330 GMT. Also attending the funeral will be staff from the YSL empire as well as current designer Stefano Pilati and most of the big names on the Paris fashion scene Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel, Kenzo Takada, Valentino and Riccardo Tisci. Notably absent will be rival Karl Lagerfeld, "away on business", according to Chanel, as well as Pierre Cardin, also not in Paris. From the booming business sector, the head of the world's leading luxury group LVMH, Bernard Arnault, is expected, along with the head of Christian Dior couture, Sidney Toledano. Saint Laurent, who was born August 1, 1936 in the Algerian town of Oran in the pre-independence era, will be cremated and his ashes flown to a botanical garden in Marrakech, Morocco, bordering a home bought there by Berge and YSL. The couturier "spent much of his life in Morocco. He will stay there in a country that influenced and marked him greatly," said Berge. "He will end up in the Maghreb where he was born."