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Yves Saint Laurent vintage frames
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent vintage frames
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1990s Sunglasses

SAINT LAURENT Vintage Golden Clips
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The clips are from Maison Saint Laurent at the time of its late creator Yves Saint Laurent. They are round and curved in shape, and are as if screened over their entire surface. The ...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Dm 0.99 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage multicoloured tie
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage multicoloured tie
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1990s Ties

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Slip Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A pretty vintage slip dress by Yves Saint Laurent, Variation. In a pretty blue colour, the dress has a deep neckline , central back zip and is fully lined. Measurements : Bust 36'',...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Saint Laurent Vintage Rectangular Clip Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The clips come from the Maison Saint Laurent in the time of its creator. Rectangular, they are hammered metal, and gilded with fine gold. The clips are in good condition, because the...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

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W 1.19 in. L 1.78 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Stud Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The studs are signed YVES SAINT LAURENT. They are rectangular and curved, striated in their center and rounded on the ends. In good condition. We do not perceive signs of wear. Each...
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1990s Stud Earrings

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Gilt Metal

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W 0.79 in. L 1.19 in.
YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Clip Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The clips come from the Maison Saint Laurent at the time of its creator. In metal gilded with fine gold, they have a very design and contemporary shape for vintage. You might think t...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

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W 0.67 in. L 1.78 in.
Yves Saint Laurent vintage multicoloured silk tie
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent vintage multicoloured silk tie
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1990s Ties

Yves Saint Laurent vintage see through sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent vintage see through sunglasses
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1990s Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Embellished Gun Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Embellished Gun Brooch. Silver-tone metal gun brooch from Yves Saint Laurent Vintage featuring crystal embellishments and a pin fastening. Colour: S...
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20th Century Brooches

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Heart Clip Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YSL Yves Saint Laurent vintage heart clip earrings in gold metal. Made in France. In very good condition. Dimensions: 3.7x3.5 cm Delivered in a non original pouch
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

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W 1.38 in. L 1.46 in.
Saint Laurent Vintage Taffeta Skirt with Velvet
By Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Saint Laurent Vintage Taffeta Skirt with Velvet — Featured in vibrant multicolored taffeta fabric with a velvet panel around the waist and has a zipper and hook fastening. Skirt is i...
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1970s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Suit, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Elegant Yves Saint Laurent black design suit with buttoned blouse and trousers. Top Height: 76 cm Shoulders: 35 cm Bust: 42 cm Sleeves: 57 cm Trousers Height: 102 cm Waist: 29 cm
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1970s Trouser Pant Suits

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Gold Metal Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YSL Yves Saint Laurent clip earrings in gold metal and champagne rhinestones. Immaculate condition. Made in France. Dimensions: 3x1.8 cm Delivered in a non original pouch.
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

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W 0.71 in. L 1.19 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 100% Cashmere Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sparks, NV
Stunning ivory 100% cashmere jacket by Yves Saint Laurent. Structured collar and front patch pockets. Fully lined. The marked size is 38 and the jacket fits like a modern size small....
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1990s Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1960s jersey jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage 1960s jersey jacket by Yves Saint Laurent. Drawstring waist- excellent condition - Size 42 - side slide pockets - Measurements taken flat: Sh to Sh 15inch/38cm -Ua to Ua 20in...
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1960s Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Floral Print Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
This Yves Saint Laurent silk blouse is decorated with a lively floral print. Shaded in tones of pink, purple and red for an effect that is utterly feminine. Colour: Black, Red, Purp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Blousons

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Bracelet in Gilded Metal
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
YSL Yves Saint Laurent vintage bracelet in gilded metal. Clasp in T. In very good condition. Made in France Dimensions: total length: 25.5 cm, at the shortest: 19.5 cm, at the long...
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1990s Chain Bracelets

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Gilt Metal

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W 1.19 in. L 10.04 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Bustier Denim Lace Up Corset Top
By Saint Laurent
Located in Totowa, NJ
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Bustier Denim Strapless Lace Up Corset Top Charcoal Saint Laurent strapless denim corset top with bustier neckline and lace-up closure at center front and...
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Late 20th Century Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Tortoise Butterflies Sunglasses 8150 P 3
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Plastic COLOR: Brown MODEL: 8150 GENDER: Women SIZE: 58 mm COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: France Condition CONDITION DETAILS: NOS - New Old Stock - Never worn or Used - They will ...
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Late 20th Century Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Silk Foulard circa 1970
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A red, blue and gold foulard by Yves Saint Laurent in perfect conditions
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Late 20th Century Handkerchiefs

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Necklace And Bracelet Set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The set is in good condition. Made in France The bracelet is articulated. A rhinestone is missing. Micro-scratches on the metal. Dimensions: height: 2 cm, wrist size: 16 cm, inside d...
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1990s More Bracelets

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage White Leather Clutch Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
YVES SAINT LAURENT clutch bag in white leather with front handle. Flap closure with magnetic button closure. Fabric signature lining. 1 side zip pocket inside. 'YVES SAINT LAURENT' s...
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20th Century Clutches

YSL SAINT LAURENT Vintage Brooch in Gilt Metal
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful brooch YSL Yves Saint Laurent in gilded metal and fantasy stones in blue and translucent green colors. Vintage piece. Delivered in its pouch YSL in black velvet
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Late 20th Century Brooches

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Other, Gilt Metal

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Yves Saint Laurent Vintage YSL Taffeta and Lace Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 1970's Iridescent Silk Taffeta Gown with Lace bodice and Lace Handkerchief Hem. Comes with matching Ruffle Trim Shawl. Removable sash tie belt. Metal Side ...
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1970s Evening Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Three Tiered Enamel Heart Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage three tiered black bead necklace embellished with clear crystal rondelles and a jewelled black enamel heart clasp. Embossed YSL. Indicative measurements ...
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20th Century Multi-Strand Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Gold Toned Stars Cuff Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare gold toned cuff bracelet featuring a coiled wire pattern, stars and star-shaped clear crystals. Slips on. Embossed YVES SAINT LAURENT RIVE GAUCHE Ma...
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20th Century Cuff Bracelets

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage White Leather and Chain Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage belt featuring a gold toned chunky double chain, white leather strap and YSL star charm. Marked YVES SAINT LAURENT 0 859 80/32 Made in France. Size reads...
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20th Century Belts

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Handbag in Burgundy Suede Leather
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
This small vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT bag is in burgundy suede leather lined with red silk stitching. The hardware is in gilded metal. Magnetic button closure. The interior include...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Textured Canvas Satchel Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
This beautiful Bag will come with a Certificate of Authenticity provided by Entrupy. The certificate will be provided at no further cost. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent satchel bag craf...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Love Heart Hammered Cuff Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage hammered gilt cuff bracelet featuring a heart centrepiece with engraved LOVE. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : inner max. width app...
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20th Century Cuff Bracelets

1970 Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Gold Tone Textured Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Rare vintage 1970's YSL gilt chiseled metal belt. Dimensions : 83 cm x 6 cm. Closes with a hook. The belt is in good condition unless some slight loose of gold (see pics). The label ...
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1970s Belts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Suede Thigh-High Boots
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL black suede boots that can be worn as either knee-high or thigh-high. Top of boot is finished with satin ribbon and decorative leather ties at back. Th...
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1970s Shoes

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Chartreuse Stripe Wrap Ensemble, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1970s Yves Saint Laurent chartreuse wrap top & skirt ensemble with multi color stripes. The top features a bare back, halter-style neck, and wrap-around front tie closure. ...
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1970s Day Dresses

An Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Silk Foulard circa 1980
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A particular scarf made by Yves saint Laurent in perfect conditions
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Late 20th Century Handkerchiefs

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Bodycon Black Knit Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a gorgeous ribbed stretch knit vintage black dress from Yves Saint Laurent. The dress has buttons on the shoulder and the pattern of the fabric creates an inverted triangle ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Crescent Moon Clip-on Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Trend! Vintage earrings from Maison YSL representing a crescent moon in gold metal. Made in France. In very good condition. The label of the brand and the initials YLS are present on...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

Saint Laurent Vintage Cable Knit Sweater Dress with a V-Neck
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sparks, NV
Unlined Marked Size: IT 42 Color: Off White Fabric: Not Marked/ Feels Like Cotton Label: Yves Saint Laurent Tricot Bust: Up To 42"/ Fabric Contains Stretch Waist: Up To 40" H...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Red Pants ans Shirt Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Lovely Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Suit Perfect for vintage lovers Red color Pants and long sleeve shirt Pants with two pockets The shirt has a central opening and a lateral zip o...
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1980s Trouser Pant Suits

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Clip-on earrings in Gilt Metal
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent vintage clip-on earrings in lightly striped gold metal. YSL plate at the back. Dimensions : Height: 3.5 cm, width: 2.7 cm Will be delivered in a black box and a ...
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Late 20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Burgundy Procris 52mm Eyeglasses Frame
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Acetate COLOR: Burgundy MODEL: Procris GENDER: Women SIZE: Medium COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: France Condition CONDITION DETAILS: NOS - New Old Stock - Never worn or Used - The...
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Late 20th Century Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Rive Gauche Blazer Jacket 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
An incredibly chic vintage womens Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche blazer from the 80s in a pinkish red raspberry bouclé wool tweed with shoulder pads that extend the shoulder line wit...
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1980s Blazers

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Wool Classic Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Rive Gauche classic above the knee pencil skirt, come in wool in black tone, with button and hidden zipper on the back and lined interior. Made in France....
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Late 20th Century Pencil Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Cat Eye Red Sunglasses 8702 P 72
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Acetate COLOR: Red MODEL: 8702 P 72 GENDER: Women SIZE: Medium COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: France Condition CONDITION DETAILS: NOS - New Old Stock - Never worn or Used - They w...
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Late 20th Century Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Cat Eye Turquoise Sunglasses 8704 P 71
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Acetate COLOR: Turquoise MODEL: 8704 P 71 GENDER: Women SIZE: Medium COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: France Condition CONDITION DETAILS: NOS - New Old Stock - Never worn or Used - ...
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Late 20th Century Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 80s Marbled Sunglasses 8726 P093
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
MATERIAL: Acetate COLOR: Black MODEL: 8726 P093 GENDER: Women, Men SIZE: Medium COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: France Condition CONDITION DETAILS: NOS - New Old Stock - Never worn or Used -...
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Late 20th Century Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Gold Toned Iconic Multi Charm Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring a curb chain embellished with iconic charms : YSL logo, clover, crescent moon, bird, star, heart... YSL logo on the central ...
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Gold Toned Iconic Multi Charm Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned necklace featuring a curb chain embellished with iconic charms : YSL logo, clover, crescent moon, bird, star, heart, butterfly... Spring clasp ...
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Pinstriped Wool High Waisted Pants
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
These vintage YSL Rive Gauche gray and black pinstripe wool pants are high waisted and have side slit pockets. The pants are in excellent condition and have slight pleats. These pant...
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1980s Pleated Pants

Yves Saint Laurent vintage fall 1980 short black velvet jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful fall 1980 black velvet Yves Saint Laurent jacket with side pockets, balloon sleeves and a long rope with tassel ends for closure at neck. Capelet ruffle on shoulders. Cond...
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1980s Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Silver Numbered Necklace With Poured Glass
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare and unusual silver toned necklace with poured glass from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1980's. Numbered 164 of 300 made. The length is about 18" however the hook closure...
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Late 20th Century Link Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1970s brown wool winter dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Antwerp, BE
1970s winter day dress by Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" Made in a gorgeous heavy brown "drap de laine" fabric French size 40. Please use the measurements for the perfect fit. Ua t...
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1970s Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Russian Collection 1976 Geometric 70s Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare and iconic vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche' Russian Collection dress! The 1976 RUssian Collection is Saint Laurent's most iconic collection of all time, and is reference...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Size 6 Black Velvet Band Collar Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT VARIATIONS jacket comes in black velvet with a band collar, crystal buttons and cropped hem. Made in France. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: 6 Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Asymmetrical Gilt Cuff Bracelet With Rhinestones
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Asymmetrical, gold gilt metal cuff with rhinestones designed by Yves Saint Laurent dating to the late 1970's, early 1980's. Cuff measures approximately 2.5" along the inside. Fits a ...
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Late 20th Century Cuff Bracelets

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Scarf in Red Silk with Fringes
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful Yves Saint Laurent scarf in red silk, bordered with fine red and gold fringes. The initials of the brand are embroidered in gold thread on the bottom of the scarf. The sca...
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Late 20th Century Scarves

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Ethnic Cuff Bracelet in Bronze Color
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful Yves Saint Laurent ethnic vintage bronze color cuff bracelet. It is a unique size because it is expandable or retractable, the standard size is 17 cm of inner turn. Vinta...
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Late 20th Century Cuff Bracelets

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Base Metal

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Pink Silk and Linen Faille Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent pink jacket in excellent condition. Pink woven silk and linen faille with 5 front black buttons. Two hand pockets. Unlined. Shoulder pads add structure a...
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1980s Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage YSL Multicolored Passementerie Gold Belt, 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Rich hues and international influences shaped several collections throughout YSL’s extensive career. Having explored influences from Africa, Eastern Europe, and India, Saint Laurent ...
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1970s Belts

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage MINT Sunglasses HARPIES 60/13 w/RHINESTONES
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
- Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT MINT/PRISTINE sunglasses, from the late '70s / early '80s - Red & Clear frame, with RHINESTONES on the top parts - YVES SAINT LAURENT gold logos o...
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1980s Sunglasses

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Saint Laurent Vintage For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary saint laurent vintage you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Brown, Gray and protectString (more). Making the right choice when shopping for a saint laurent vintage may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Saint Laurent Vintage?

On average, a saint laurent vintage on 1stDibs sells for $671, while they’re typically $48 on the low end and $9,375 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Yves Saint Laurent Biography and Important Works

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture.


Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, Saint Laurent also literally cross-dressed, giving men and women alike chic pant suits, elegant tuxedo jackets and urban safari gear. By blurring gender-specific design, he empowered individual style while creating a scissor-sharp fashion aesthetic of sensual ease and beauty. Many of his designs are today considered timeless classics.


Born to French parents in Oran, Algeria, in 1936, Saint Laurent went to Paris at age 17 to study fashion at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Just two years later, in 1955, his remarkable sketches were shown to Christian Dior, then the world’s reigning couturier, who hired him immediately.


Surprisingly soon thereafter, Dior publicly chose Saint Laurent as his successor, which sadly proved prescient when the fashion legend died unexpectedly, in 1957. A mere slip of a youth, the 21-year-old Saint Laurent was nevertheless up to the challenge. He shook the traditional couture clientele to its core with youthful silhouettes and styles like the A-line trapeze dress that hung with seeming effortlessness from the shoulders, the antithesis of the pinched waists and molded skirts that had been all the rage after the deprivations of World War II.


Other highly coveted collectibles poured from his imagination, such as the black crocodile motorcycle jacket, an early intimation of Saint Laurent’s passion for subverting — or is it obverting? — street style, which was then dominated by the anti-bourgeois beatniks of Paris’s Rive Gauche.


After a mandated spell in the torturous French military, Saint Laurent suffered a nervous breakdown and was dismissed by Dior in 1962. Out of the ashes rose the Age of Yves. With Pierre Bergé, his then-lover who became his lifelong business partner and friend, the designer founded Yves Saint Laurent YSL to encompass prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear. In 1966, they opened the first YSL Rive Gauche women’s boutique in Paris, followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Saint Laurent had given birth to a global brand.


His revolutionary Mondrian mini dress from 1965 is a core element of his fashion biography. It is a prime example of how Saint Laurent, an avid art lover and collector, looked to painters, from Goya to Picasso, Ingres to Matisse, for inspiration.


With its pure lines and hues, Mondrian’s ground-breaking 1935 color-block painting Composition C transmutes beautifully into a dress that is highly valued by collectors of contemporary fashion and widely copied commercially to this day. The design is the epitome of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic, requiring a meticulous hand piecing of each color block so that, despite the body’s curves, the visual plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent. (One of the pattern cutters, according to Saint Laurent expert and fashion journalist Laurence Benaïm, was another renowned perfectionist: a young Azzadine Alaia!)


In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent consistently used Black models, like Mounia, Iman and Naomi Campbell, and he drew endless inspiration from different ethnicities and cultures, in no small part because of his Algerian roots.


At his best, like any artist, Saint Laurent used his nervous energy to feed his fertile imagination with all that inspired him. Creation gave him momentary peace, his confidence unassailable. “Nowhere is Saint Laurent more excessive than in his talent,” Cathy Horyn penetratingly noted in the New York Times in 2000.


And no historical haute couture collection is more excessive than Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 1988 line. Entirely hand embroidered by Lesage on 273 yards of ribbon, it took 670 hours, 250,000 sequins in 22 colors and 250,000 pearls to make. Among the most expensive couture garments ever, the “Sunflowers” version sold for $450,000 in 2019 at Christie’s in Paris.


“I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style,” Saint Laurent said four years before retiring, in 2002. After a long period of ill health, he died at his home in Paris on June 1, 2008. He was 71.


Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.