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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

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

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

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

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 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 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 Pink Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
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

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 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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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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  •  Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Beret
  •  Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Beret
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Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Articulated Mesh Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Articulated Mesh Belt Measurements: Height: 6.3 cms Length: 87 cms Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Articulated metal belt in gold tone. ...
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20th Century Belts

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Multi Colored Stone Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Multi Colored Stone Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 7/8 inches Width: 1 7/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Inverted square with...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Ruby Flower Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Ruby Flower Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.77 inches (4.5 cm) Width: 1.77 inches (4.5 cm) Weight per Earring: 20 grams Features: - 100% Authentic Y...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Orange Linen Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche rust orange linen collarless jacket with cutaway hemline. The jacket closes at the front with large exotic wood buttons. Pair it with anima...
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1990s Jackets

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Lion Rhinestone Sculptured Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Lion Rhinestone Sculptured Brooch Measurements: Height: 1 6/8 inches (4.44 cm) Width: 2 1/8 inches (5.39 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAUREN...
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20th Century Brooches

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 Ysl Crocodile Pattern Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Crocodile Pattern Earrings As seen on Penelope Cruz in the movie "Loving Pablo". Measurements: Height: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm) Width: 1.10 inches (2.8 cm...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Textured Heart Drop Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Textured Heart Drop Earrings Measurements: Height: 3 inches Width: 1 3/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Chunky textured top part...
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20th Century Dangle Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Bow Leaf Rhinestone Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Bow Leaf Rhinestone Necklace Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Wearable Length: 15 4/8 inches to 18 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT...
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20th Century Drop Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Floral Top
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A pretty vintage top by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche . The top has a black background with a floral print, and tie neckline and elasticated wrists. Size 38, it will fit a bust up ...
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1970s Blouses

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Arabesque Hoop Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Arabesque Hoop Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.57 inches (4 cm) Width: 0.78 inch (2 cm) Weight per Earring: 21 grams Features: - 100% Authentic YVES...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Cubism Face Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Cubism Face Brooch Measurements: Height: 2.52 inches (6.4 cm) Width: 2.36 inches (6 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Huge cubism ...
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20th Century Brooches

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.29 inches (3.3 cm) Width: 1.18 inches (3 cm) Weight per Earring: 13 grams Features: - 100% Authentic Y...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Pearl Flower Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Pearl Flower Brooch BROOCH Height: 2.91 inches (7.4 cm) Width: 2.91 inches (7.4 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Flower brooch wi...
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20th Century Brooches

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rigid Choker Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Rigid Choker Necklace Measurements: Circumference: 11.41 inches (29 cm) Chain Extender: 6.69 inches (17 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LA...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Quilted Heart Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Quilted Heart Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.65 inches (4.2 cm) Width: 1.73 inches (4.4 cm) Weight per Earring: 23 grams Features: - 100% Authentic ...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Bamboo Spiral Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.55 inches (6.5 cm) Wearable Length: 15.74 inches to 18.11 inches (40cm to 46 cm) Features: - 100% Auth...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Butterfly Jeweled Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Butterfly Jeweled Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 6/8 inches Width: 1 6/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Intricate gilt met...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gilt Flower Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Gilt Flower Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.77 inches (4.5 cm) Width: 1.85 inches (4.7 cm) Weight per Earring: 18 grams Features: - 100% Authentic Y...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Ribbed Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Logo Ribbed Necklace Measurements: Inverted Squares: 1 inch X 1 inch Can be adjusted to: 17 inches/ 18 inches/ 19 inches Overall Length: 19.5 inches ...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Pearl Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Ruby Cabochon Wire Cage Brooch Measurements: Height: 2 inches (5.1 cm) Width: 2 inches (5.1 cm) Thickness: 0.86 inch (2.2 cm) Feat...
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20th Century Brooches

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Fish Charm Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Fish Charm Bracelet Measurements: Height: 2 2/8inches Wearable Length: varies as it is adjustable Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Ch...
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20th Century Charm Bracelets

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Crocodile Scale Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Crocodile Scale Necklace As seen on Penelope Cruz in the movie "Loving Pablo". Measurements: Height: 1.75 inches (4.44 cm) Inside Circumference: 13.5...
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20th Century Choker Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Coiled Spiral Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Coiled Spiral Brooch Measurements: Height: 3.03 inches (7.7 cm) Width: 5.4 inches (5.4 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Coiled sp...
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20th Century Brooches

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Amber Flower Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Amber Flower Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm) Width: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm) Depth: 0.86 inch (2.2 cm) Weight per Earring: 18 grams F...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage Yves saint laurent couture black silk dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless and sexy vintage Yves Saint Laurent (numbered) couture in style of 1930s. Beautiful cut with bow at the back. Low cut with sash tie in front. Fit size 4. 36" bust, 3...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Engraved Logo Cuff Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Engraved Logo Cuff Bracelet Measurements: Height: 2 inches (widest part) Opening: 1 1/8 inches Inside Diameter: 2 4/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic Y...
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20th Century Cuff Bracelets

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Byzantine Cross Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Byzantine Cross Necklace Measurements: Height: 4.72 inches (12 cm) Width: 3 inches (7.6 cm) Wearable Length: 29.52 inches to 31.10 inches (75 cm to 79...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy Velvet Harem Pants
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent burgundy velvet harem pants with pleated balloon-style legs and elastic cuffs. Excellent Vintage Condition. Size 34
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Late 20th Century Pants

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Abstract Resin Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Abstract Resin Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.46 inches (3.7 cms) Width: 1.26 inches (3.2 cms) Weight per Earring: 8 grams Features: - 100% Authenti...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Coiled Spiral Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Coiled Spiral Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.65 inches (4.2 cms) Width: 1.34 inches (3.4 cms) Weight per Earring: 12 grams Features: - 100% Authent...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Swirl Nugget Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Swirl Nugget Necklace Measurements: Height: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Width: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Wearable Length: 24.80 inches to 26.37 inches (63 cm to 67 cm...
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20th Century Rope Necklaces

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Chunky Chain Necklace Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Chunky Chain Necklace Belt Measurements: Height: 1 2/8 inches Wearable Length: 29 inches to 33 4/8 inches Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. ...
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20th Century Belts

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Butterfly Rhinestone Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Butterfly Rhinestone Brooch Measurements: Height: 1.65 inches (4.2 cm) Width: 1.81 inches (4.6 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - B...
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20th Century Brooches

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Brown Stripe Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent brown stripe cotton blouse featuring a partial button front, high collar and button cuff detailing at wrists. Excellent Condition. Size: 36
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1970s Blouses

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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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