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Yves Saint Vintage Laurent Wood Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
YSL vintage wood necklace has silver-tone rings, Natural and blue wood beads with a hook closure. YSL signature clasp. Necklace measures approximately 23 inches. Excellent condition.
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Late 20th Century Artisan Beaded Necklaces

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.
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic jacket by Yves Saint Laurent Variation line. The jacket is in a dark blue herring bone like fabric and has one breast pocket and two smaller pockets at hip leval. It has one...
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1970s Jackets

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A great vintage skirt by Yves Saint Laurent , Tricot line. The skirt is made of wool, and is fully lined. It has a pocket on either side, gathering at the front ,and a 5 button fron...
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1970s Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Velvet Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage black velvet wrap around skirt by Yves Saint Laurent , Variation line. The skirt is fully lined and has a pocket on the right hand side.
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1970s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Collar Necklace Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Miami, FL
This dramatic, sculptural and stunning gold plated signed Yves Saint Laurent collar necklace has some dimension and texture. It is tagged YSL Paris. It can be sized for different nec...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Choker Necklaces

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Gold Plate

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Purple Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic bomber style jacket by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. In a striking purple colour, this jacket has two breast pockets with buttons, a five button central opening and single b...
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1970s Jackets

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

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

YSL SAINT LAURENT Black Vintage Minaudiere
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Lovely black plexiglass minaudière ending with a pompom, typical of vintage YSL items. It is worn on the shoulder or crossed. In very good condition. The jewelry is golden Evening cl...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

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H 4.73 in. D 1.58 in. L 6.3 in.
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.
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A great short sleeved jacket by Yves Saint Laurent , Variation line. The jacket has 2 large buttons at the front and 2 pockets at waist level.
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1980s Jackets

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Silk Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A stunning blouse from Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. As you would expect the silk is of a superior quality and the colours are bold. The blouse has a black background, with orange,...
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1980s Blouses and Tops

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Pendant
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gold toned pendant featuring green and purple resin cabochons. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements : height approx. 7 cm (2.76 inches) /...
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20th Century Necklace Enhancers

YVES SAINT LAURENT Sunflower Vintage Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The brooch is vintage and in gilded metal. In good condition. Trace on the golden metal hardly visible (see photo). Made in France. Dimensions: diameter 6.5 cm. Delivered in its YSL...
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1990s Brooches

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Gilt Metal

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Pink Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A bright pink vintage skirt, by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The dress has a zip on the left hand side and 2 diagonal pockets. It has been professionally taken in .
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1980s Skirts

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Necklace Vintage 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
YSL Vintage 1990s Statement Necklace An incredible and rare vintage necklace from Yves Saint Laurent Detail -Made in France in the 1990s -Chunky gold coloured base metal heavy weig...
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1990s Pendant Necklaces

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Gold Plate

YVES SAINT LAURENT Bracelet YSL Vintage 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
YSL Vintage 1980s Bracelet Incredible and hard to find statement YSL logo bracelet from the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Detail -Made in France in the 1980s -Crafted from gold pl...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Bracelets

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Gold Plate

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W 0.5 in. L 7 in.
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

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Necklace Vintage 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 1980s Necklace Statement gold plated necklace from the YSL 80s archive Detail -Made in France in the 1980s -Expertly crafted from gold plated metal Siz...
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Vintage 1980s Choker Necklaces

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Gold Plate

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Clip-On Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A vintage pair of clip-on earrings from Yves Saint Laurent that exude artisanal elegance. Featuring a spiral design and a clip-on fastening to the back. Colour: Gold Material: Gold...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

YSL Earrings Vintage 1980s Yves Saint Laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
YSL Earrings Vintage 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Detail -Made in France in the late 1980s -Crafted from high quality gold plated metal -Yves Saint Laurent written around the edge of e...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

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Gold Plate

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W 1.25 in. Dm 1.25 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Brass Link Necklace Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Miami, FL
This ever chic and ever fashionable French signed vintage Yves Saint Laurent long chain / link necklace is a forever piece. It is heavy and made out of brass that has been patinated ...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Link Necklaces

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Brass

Vintage Saint Laurent Paris Black Knit Vest Dress, Size L
By Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Black knitted long vest or mini dress designed by Saint Laurent, featuring deep v neck line and ruffled shoulder pads detail. Made in Italy.
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Late 20th Century Sweater Vests

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Silk Top
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A pretty pink silk top by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The top has a white silk trim around the neckline.
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1980s Blouses and Tops

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage faux necklace featuring irregular shaped faux pearls, gold toned metal beads with arabesques design and clear crystal rondelles. Lobster clasp closure. E...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Striped Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent Striped silk dress with an attached silk sash bow. Size estimate: XS/S
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1980s Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Beret
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Representing both an artistic and subversive undertone as well as capturing a posh French mystique, the beret has been a design staple that has graced the YSL runways at least since ...
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1980s Berets

  •  Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Beret
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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.
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Flower Pearl Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Flower Pearl Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Width: 1 2/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Flower earrings with faux p...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.53 inches (3.9 cm) Width: 1.33 inches (3.4 cm) Weight: 23 grams Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Turtle Pearl Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Turtle Pearl Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches Width: 1 1/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT . - Chunky detailed turtle ear...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ruby Square Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Ruby Square Necklace Measurements: Height: 6/8 inch X 7/8 inch Wearable Length: 16 inches One Size Fits All Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAU...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Geometric Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Geometric Rhinestone Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 3/8 inches Wearable Length: 16 inches to 18 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. -...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Citrine Cabochon Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Citrine Cabochon Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Depth: 7/8 inch One Size Fits Most Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Dome cit...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Saint Laurent Light Brown Logo Canvas Vintage Drawstring Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Saint Laurent is known for its quality craftsmanship and designs. This brown bag is crafted from canvas and neatly detailed with an embossed YSL logo on the front. It has a top draws...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Rhinestones Hoop Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Rhinestones Hoop Earrings by Robert Goossens Measurements: Height: 2 1/8 inches Width: 1 1/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Vibr...
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20th Century Dangle Earrings

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Textured Disc Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Textured Disc Bracelet Measurements: Disc Height: 1 1/8 inches Disc Width: 1 1/8 inches Wearable Length: 7 4/8 inches Features: - 100% authentic YVES SAI...
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20th Century Link Bracelets

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Baroque Enamel Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Baroque Enamel Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 3/4 inches Width: 1 1/2 inches Features: - 100% Authentic Yves Saint Laurent. - Huge concave earrings wit...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A great jacket for fall /winter by Yves saint Laurent, Rive Gauche line. In a stunning purple colour, the jacket has gathered shoulders, with black trim along the hem,neckline , fron...
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1980s Jackets

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.
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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche Vintage Red Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage skirt by Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche line. The skirt is a cotton and viscose mix ( 53% cotton, 47% viscose). It has sloping pockets on each side , gathering at the...
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1980s Skirts

Vintage 90s Yves Saint Laurent Military Blazer
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Yves Saint Laurent vintage, grey blazer jacket with brown leather covered buttons. 90s Decade. The jacket can be worn with the collar buttoned up, or with the collar open and folded...
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1990s Jackets

Vintage Leather Yves Saint Laurent Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A great belt by Yves Saint Laurent. The belt has a large round buckle, with three rows of stitching. The inside of the belt is stamped, 3886 02 4 Made in France. The belt has no hole...
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1980s Belts

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Tuxedo Tailcoat
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare black tuxedo tailcoat. This tail coat features : - Black satin notched collar. - Black resin female profile front buttoning. - Matching buttons on fa...
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20th Century Tuxedo Jackets

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Corset Top
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black cotton corset top featuring a built-in peplum, gold rickrack trim along the edges and spaghetti straps, and tassel cording lacing at front. Circa 197...
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1970s Blouses

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Arabesque Hammered Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Arabesque Hammered Bracelet Measurements: Height: 0.59 inch (1.5 cm) Wearable Length: 6.69 inches (17 cm) to 7.67 inches (19.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authe...
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20th Century Charm Bracelets

Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Starfish Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Starfish Earrings Measurements: Height: 2 3/8 inches Width: 2 4/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Starfish/ star earrings...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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

A vintage 1990s Yves Saint Laurent Cream Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic cream jacket by Yves Saint Laurent , Encore line. This jacket is made of a clotted cream colour fabric with a fine rib detail. It is collarless, with 4 pockets on the front. I...
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1990s Jackets

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Disc Lariat Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Disc Lariat Necklace Measurements: Height: 4 6/8 inches (center piece) Discs: 6/8 inch X 6/8 inch Wearable Length: 17 inches Features: - 100% authentic Y...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Iconic Charm Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Iconic Charm Necklace Measurements: Height: 2 1/8 inches Wearable Length: 17 inches (maximum) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Chunky dis...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

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 YSL Vintage Paisley Shawl
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage paisley shawl featuring an opulent design with lurex threads on a deep red-burgundy background. Fringe around the edges. Please note that true colors are ...
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20th Century Scarves

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

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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.


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