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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Tricot Dress Size 38
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage tricot dress. This dress features : - Knitted fabric in blue with colorful stripes on the neckline, sleeve and side slit. - Straight cut. - One shoulder....
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20th Century Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Iconic Vintage Cotton Safari Tunic Dress, 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rare iconic 1990s cotton Safari tunic dress. This tunic features : - Diagonal cut. - Bare neckline. - Asymmetric front lacing. - Metal eyelets. Label rea...
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20th Century Tunics

Vintage Middle Eastern Ethnic Caftan, Kaftan Maxi Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Middle Eastern kaftan, red embroidered cotton striped maxi dress. This chic Gypsy Bohemian maxi dress kaftan is embroidered and embellished by hand. It is a slip on light ...
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20th Century Moroccan Moorish More Folk Art

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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

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

YSL Vintage Pink Dress 2 Belts Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a 100% cotton vintage pink Yves Saint Laurent dress with a zip front and 2 belt options! This YSL rive gauche dress has a mandarin collar, cap sleeves and both a patent leat...
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1970s Casual Dresses

Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Color Block Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Color Block Dress Measurements taken laid flat: Shoulder: 15.74 inches (40 cm) Sleeves: 9.84 inches (25 cm) Bust: 20.86 inches (53 cm) Waist: 15...
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1970s Casual Dresses

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Size 6 Navy Virgin Wool Shift Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT VARIATIONS sleeveless shift dress comes in navy wool with a back zip closure. Made in France. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: 6 Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shift Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Blue Lace Fitted Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Chic Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Blue Lace sheath cocktail dress with delicate tulle netting lace on collar and sleeves. Perfect cocktail dress. Size: 4
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Dress Yves Saint Laurent / Cotton Print and Fringes
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage dress Yves Saint Laurent Cotton Print. Circa 1985 : Yves Saint Laurent variation Color: Black and print white and turquoise Square collar and sleeveless. This dress is midi...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Pink Taffeta Party Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent metallic pink taffeta party dress with square neckline, ruffled sleeves, coordinating belt, and tiered ruffles at hem. Excellent Vintage Condition. Size: 38
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1980s Day Dresses

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Size 14 Red Linen Double Breasted Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Variation line shift dress comes in bold red linen with a double breasted button up front detailed with gold tone metal buttons, short cuffed sleeves, epau...
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1980s Casual Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Yellow Cotton Tunic Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Perfect vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" muted yellow cotton tunic/dress! Perfect as a dress or a tunic....great over a swimsuit! V-neck style, with pockets at both...
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1990s Sheath Dresses

Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Tricot Pop Color One Shoulder Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Tricot Pop Color One Shoulder Dress Measurements taken laid flat: Sleeves: 10.43 inches (26.5 cm) Bust: 20.47 inches (52 cm) Waist: 16.92 inches (43...
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20th Century Sheath Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Wool and Velvet Fall Winter Vintage Plaid Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage YSL dress was designed by Yves Saint Laurent in the late 1970's. The dress is wool with a purple, blue and mustard plaid on a dark blue background. The mock turtleneck a...
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1970s Informal Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Navy Blue & White Cotton Nautical Tunic Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage navy blue and white Yves Saint Laurent cotton nautical-inspired day dress with middy collar, straight but easy body, and contrasting cuffs and hem. Excellent original condi...
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1970s Casual 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

Chic Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Grey Pinstripe Wool Shirt Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredibly chic vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" wool shirt dress. This versatile beauty features a double breasted closure. Gorgeous pinstripes, with a hook and eye closure at waist, for a...
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1980s Casual Dresses

YSL 1970s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Peasant Dress in Blue Cotton W/ Pockets
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This 1970's vintage dress is from Yves Saint Laurent and has the Rive Gauche label. This YSL vintage dress has front pockets and the original fabric sash. This is a loose fitting, pe...
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1970s Informal Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent One Shoulder Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Austin, TX
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black one shoulder sleeveless cocktail dress with ruffles. Condition: Excellent. Size M/ US 6/ FR38 34" bust, 33" waist, 33" hips, 40" length
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Iconic Brown Safari Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT VARIATION vintage iconic brown SAFARI dress. This dress features : - Probably brown faux-suede fabric (missing composition label). - Lace-up front construction wi...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Red Floral Smock Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent burgundy crepe collared smock dress featuring a multi-color painted floral print, blouson sleeves with button cuffs and front button closure. Condition: E...
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1970s Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Suede Leather Fringe Nehru Tunic Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabulous vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT ( YSL ) Rive Gauche black suede nehru style fringed tunic dress! Features six large wood buttons up the front. Pockets at each side of the waist. ...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent rive gauche 1970s vintage purple slinky silk jersey dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning purple dress by Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" made in a very soft, light and slinky jersey. Measurements taken flat without stretching the fabric. Ua to Ua 15inch/38cm - ...
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1970s Maxi Dresses

Vintage 1979 Yves Saint Laurent Colorful Navajo Print Silk Pleated Peasant Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent colorful Navajo southwestern print silk dress from the infamous Rive Gauche collection during the late 1970's. Pieces from this decade are very rare a...
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1970s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Black Velvet & Satin Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage black velvet high low skirt cocktail dress featuring double layered black satin ruffles around the neckline and wrists. The left side fastens ...
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20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Graffiti Print Silk Sleeveless Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT "Rive Gauche" silk graffiti print sleeveless dress! Features an allover graffiti / Asian themed print. Vibrant hues of purple, burgundy, and blue w...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1978 Yves Saint Laurent Haute-Couture Silk Print Peasant Dress & Shawl
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent designer dress ensemble from his 1978 Spring/Summer collection. Such a rarity to find all three pieces together! It is insanely chic with "light as a ...
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1970s Aesthetic Day Dresses

Rare 1960s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Orange Silk Print Shift Dress with Ascot
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sparks, NV
Rare 1960s vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress in block printed silk. Fully lined with pussy bow tie and long sleeves. Hand done stitching throughout including the button ho...
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1960s Shift Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1980s Vintage Black Strapless Peplum Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic, and utterly classic 1980s YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche' black silk and linen blend strapless peplum dress! Features luxurious silk and linen blend that holds a nice shape wh...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche Vintage Leopard Print Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage leopard print dress. This dress features : - Wrapped waist. - Knee length. - Long sleeves. - Zip on left shoulder and side. - Shoulder pads. -...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Variation Vintage Unworn Fuchsia Tunic Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage gorgeous unworn fuchsia tunic dress. Short sleeves. Large buttons. 2 front pockets. Unlined. Label reads Yves Saint Laurent Variation Made in Fran...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red & Black Floral Print Drop Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent red silk drop waist dress with black floral print and black velvet detailing. The dress features an open neck, straight sleeves, and is knee length. Excel...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

1970's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Lightweight Wool Plaid Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent was only 21 years old when he became Creative Director at Christian Dior in 1958. Through an unfortunate turn of events, Saint-Laurent was only there for 2 years. ...
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1970s Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black raw silk sac dress 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black raw silk sac dress 1980s...A beautiful and versitle dress the fabric is deep black raw silk...Round yoke neckline with a single button closure...The ...
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1980s Tunics and Wrap Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Raspberry Pink Linen Vintage Corset Tunic Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent 'Rive Gauche' raspberry pink linen tunic dress! Full metal zipper up the front, making this beauty extremely versatile! Flattering corset sea...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Floral Rose Print Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
90s Yves saint Laurent rive gauche in pink, green, yellow and red rose print shift dress with puffy sleeve. Invisible side zipper and scoop neckline. (see ad campaign attached. Simil...
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1990s Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Color Block Tunic Day Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Late 1970's Yves Saint Laurent cotton green and red color block tunic dress with 3/4 sleeves and two side pockets. In excellent condition - size tag 38. Please consult measurements a...
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1970s Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1970s brown wool winter dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
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

Splendid Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Colorful Flower Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" dress! Features an incredible array of colorful flowers, with functional gold flower buttons down the front! Signature 1990s YSL sh...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s Wool Challis Flower Print Vintage 90s Smock Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Signature vintage early 90s YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche colorful lightweight wool challis long sleeve dress! Features a flattering and forgiving loose fitting bodice, with a taper...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1966 Yves Saint Laurent Beaded Metallic Pink Gold Brocade Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This exceptionally chic metallic silk-brocade cocktail dress is from the infamous Rive Gauche collection during Fall-Winter 1966. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true e...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent YSL Tribal Graffiti Purple + Pink Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Spectacular vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche YSL tribal graffiti print silk dress! Features vibrant colors of purple, fuchsia pink, brown and burgundy throughout. Buttons up th...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche Vintage Red Silk Wrap Style Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage red silk wrap style dress with black lace trim. This dress features : - Red silk with black lace trim. - Plunging bust. - Wrapped waist (wrap ...
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20th Century Cocktail Dresses

1960s Early Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Jersey Dress w/ Peter Pan Collar YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Extremely rare early 1960s YSL jersey dress! Features Peter Pan collar, with functional buttons up the bodice. Can be worn many different ways, and can easily be transitioned from da...
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1960s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1980s tulle trimmed strapless dress and bolero set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Yves Saint Laurent's original 1980s version of the tulle trimmed dress available in the Saint Laurent Fall 2019 collection. The strapless bustier dress comes with a matching bolero....
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent multi color silk halter print maxi cocktail dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford multi color print( purple, green, yellow and white) diamond shape silk halter cocktail dress. Corset bodice and layered by silk sash that ties ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s ' Rive Gauche ' Black + White Leaf Dress & Sash
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful and rare vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" black and white silk dress! Wonderful leaves printed throughout, w/ tiny leaves surrounding the large ones. Comes with matching sash belt...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Short Sleeve Belted Black Linen Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Superb vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" black double-faced linen dress, w/ detachable tie belt. Functional black + gold buttons down the front, w/ hidden hook and eye closure at bust + wais...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage S/S 1989 Abstract Floral Print Wrap Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage multicolored abstract floral print wrap silk dress. Spring/Summer 1989 Ready-to-Wear collection. This dress features : - Wrap front. - Oversi...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Plaid & Velvet Smock Dress Circa 1970's
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black plaid wool dress with magenta, orange and purple window pane details. The dress features a black velvet button front yoke and matching peter pan coll...
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20th Century Day Dresses

YSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Dress W/ Braided Soutache Trim 8/10
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage YSL black lightweight wool crepe dress has gorgeous braided soutache style trim surrounding the buttons that go up the front. The dress is fully lined and has great sid...
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1990s Day Dresses

YSL Vintage 80's Yves Saint Laurent Little Girl's Plaid Dress NEW
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Vintage approximately from 1980's YSL dress for little girl's. Size on the label is 6 but please check the measurements. Fabric feels like silk. Beautiful vibrant colors . Great ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Black Silk Russian Collection Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful and flattering vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche’ black silk ruffle dress! Luxurious soft 'liquid' silk that looks incredible on! Features a silk velvet trim along th...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Heart Pop Art Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Heart Pop Art Dress Approximate measurements taken laid flat, please double bust, waist and hips: Shoulder: 12.20 inches (31cm) Bust: 17.71 inches (...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 1980s Yellow Bow Print Silk Blouse + Skirt Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare and beautiful vintage 80s ( Spring Summer 1987 ) YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche YSL bow print wrap blouse and skirt suit ensemble! Features a beautiful canary yellow, with bows ...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage YSL Dress Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Size 38 Green Silk 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a late 1970's vintage YSL green silk dress with buttons up the front. The dress has side pockets, pretty detailed cuffs on the 3/4 length puffed sleeves, and is labeled a si...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Sz 44 Black Corset / Bustier Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Drop dead gorgeous vintage Yves Saint Laurent 'Rive Gauche' YSL black dress! Quite possibly the most flattering dress I have ever seen! This rare beauty does wonders for the body! Co...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Size 42 / 10 Black and Red Silk YSL Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black and red silk dress! Classic YSL silhouette that really flatters the body. Buttons up the front with interior hook-and-eye closures a...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Dress For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary vintage yves saint laurent dress you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Blue and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect vintage yves saint laurent dress among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. An accessory like this designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Dress?

The price for a vintage yves saint laurent dress starts at $180 and tops out at $13,750, and on average, selling for $1,200.

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.

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.

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.

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