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Yves Saint Laurent 1988 YSL Evening Dress in Black Velvet & Green Taffeta
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fabulous vintage dress that was designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1988. This dress is strapless, with a black velvet, "boned" drop waist bodice that dips in the front. Ther...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Strapless Cashmere Little black dress 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wallkill, NY
YSL 100% Cashmere Little Black Dress with oh so much detailing Spiderweb Gold Appliques. Double zippered back. Hidden pockets in the front. Will fit a small. Please be sure to check ...
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1990s Evening Dresses

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Silk and Rhinestone Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
YSL 1980's slinky black silk crepe V-neck cocktail dress with front zip trimmed in single row of rhinestones. A slight gathering to the front adds interest to the form fitting shape....
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1980s Evening Dresses

Gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford YSL Black Lace Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Switzerland, CH
Lace dress designed by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent FW 2002 Collection Rare piece Finest black guipure lace Lined on backside with black mesh tulle Seen on the AD campaign, on t...
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Early 2000s Evening 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

Tom Ford for YSL Devilishy Decadent Black Chantilly Lace Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tom Ford's F/W 2002 collection for Yves Saint Laurent was deliciously sexy, erotic and just a bit wicked. Just gazing at the runway creations one couldn't help but want to wear, ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

YVES SAINT LAURENT A/W 2000 YSL Black Lame Velvet Cocktail Evening Dress
By Alber Elbaz, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
Yves Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2000 black metallic lame velvet evening dress. Runway look #51. Long dolman sleeves. V-neckline with center back knife pleat detail. Shift style. Cen...
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Early 2000s Shift 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

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Red and Black Bustier and Skirt Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980's sexy YSL bustier and skirt ensemble. Sweetheart neck bustier with 2 front panels of deep red silk. Back vest construction covered in jet black velvet with black grosgrain ribb...
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1980s Evening Dresses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent/YSL Black Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche jet black cut velvet cocktail dress. Asymmetrical neckline with long sleeves and rhinestone embellished gold and black buttons. Slightly fitted t...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black and White Silk Print High Neck Evening Dress, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Who says that an evening look has to be over the top? Versatile designer Yves Saint Laurent was a master of the flamboyant, but also the refined. With the goal to make fashion more a...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Late 1980s Hunter Green YSL/ Yves Saint Laurent Velvet Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Late 1980's YSL/Yves Saint Laurent hunter green velvet fitted dress with matte gold cone shaped metal buttons up the front and and hour glass sweetheart neckline. Form fitting with s...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Autumn Winter 2008 Documented Little Black Dress 2/4
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This YSL little black dress was designed by Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent for the Autumn Winter 2008 collection. The dress is shown in a two tone version with a belt in our p...
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Early 2000s Cocktail 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

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Lace Dress with Hanky Hem
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unique YSL hanky hem cocktail/evening dress from the early 1980's. The lace trim along the hem and all over the bodice has a touch of sparkle with jet black beading. Full flare to th...
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1980s Ballerina Dresses

Vintage YSL strapless gown
By Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati
Located in New York, NY
Clean and classic, strapless gown with pin tucked details and tie waist.
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Early 2000s Evening Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Strapless Gazar Mini Cocktail Dress with Poppies
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1990's Yves Saint Lauren YSL black gazar mini cocktail dress w/asymmetric strapless bust and asymmetric ruffled hem with oversized, red poppies at back. Interior boning at bust and s...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Cocktail Dress with Ruffles YSL Black Silk Velvet 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This incredible cocktail dress was made by Yves Saint Laurent, most likely in the 1970s. Made from silk velvet, this dress features black satin ruffle detailing at the collar and nec...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Ad Campaign Yves Saint Laurent YSL Fall / Winter 2008 Turquoise Blue Dress
By Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Ad Campaign with Kate Moss ( in the gray version ) YVES SAINT LAURENT by Stefano Pilati turquoise blue avant garde strapless wool felt dress ! Julianne Moore and Gweneth Paltrow also...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL 1980s Little Black Velvet Dress with Rhinestone Buttons
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
Sophisticated 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Little Black Dress. Made from a high quality velvet – appears to be silk velvet – the dress features a sublime asymmetrical neckline giving pro...
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1980s 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 YSL Black Silk Crepe Evening Gown w/Crystal Button Rosettes
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Late 1970's/early 80's Yves Saint Laurent black silk crepe evening gown with long sleeves, slits up both sides and decorative crystal buttons at the arms and sleeves. In excellent co...
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20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

Tom Ford For YSL 2003 Sheer Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Get ready for a night out with this sexy Tom Ford for YSL cocktail dress! Circa 2003 from their Fall/Winter collection, this sheer midi dress features a ruffled bottom, a flattering ...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

NEW Yves Saint Laurent YSL by Tom Ford Spring 2004 Layered Silk Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Switzerland, CH
RARE COLLECTOR'S ITEM STUNNING SILK DRESS BY TOM FORD FOR HIS FINAL SUMMER COLLECTION 2004 FOR YVES SAINT LAURENT DETAILS: Beautiful YSL by Tom Ford silk dress From this last su...
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Early 2000s 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

Yves Saint Laurent A / W 2007 Purple Silk Size 40 / US 8 YSL Rive Gauche Dress
By Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic YVES SAINT LAURENT Autumn / Winter 2007 purple silk dress! Features intricate details above bust. Single button closure at back neck. Fully lined. Can easily be worn day to even...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

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 Yves Saint Laurent Green Silk Chiffon Ruffled Goddess Evening Gown YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A swirl of romantic ruffles in two hues of gorgeous green silk chiffon makes this Yves Saint Laurent evening gown an ultra-pretty find from the past. Soft and flowing, the dress is e...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Tom Ford For YSL Brown Velvet Blazer & Red Ruffle Dress Ensemble 2003
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
We are pleased to offer a vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent brown velvet blazer and red cocktail dress ensemble. The classic velvet dinner jacket features a fitted body, patch ...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

1980S Brown & Black Silk Charmeuse YSL Style Draped Long Sleeve Dress With Asym
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
1980S Brown & Black Silk Charmeuse YSL Style Draped Long Sleeve Dress With Asymmetrical Beading
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1980s Cocktail 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

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Navy Blue + White Polka Dot Vintage 80s Silk Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic early 1980s YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche navy blue and white polka dot silk sleeveless dress ! Features a tailored bodice with a flowy skirt. Tie details at center bust that f...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent F/W 2012 Stefano Pilati Size 42 US 10 Purple Belted YSL Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche by Stefano Pilati purple belted sleeveless dress ! This dress is extra special as it hails from Pilati's final season at YSL. Features a beautiful...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Navy Blue + White Polka Dot Silk 80s Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Tres chic 80s YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Rive Gauche navy blue and white polka dot silk sleeveless dress. Features a tailored bodice with a sweetheart neckline. Flirty skirt offers plent...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent SS 2010 Runway Black Cotton Size 38 Plunging YSL Halter Dress
By Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Spring / Summer 2010 YVES SAINT LAURENT, by STEFANO PILATI black cotton plunging halter dress! Featured on the runway in leather, this version is much more wearable. A classic timele...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 70s Gold Black Strapless Knit Dress or Maxi Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabulous 1970s YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche metallic gold and black striped knit strapless dress or maxi skirt! Soft stretchy knit material has a lot of give, so this can literally...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Black Sequin Evening Pant Suit W/ Top Bag & Scarf
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely gorgeous 5 piece vintage YSL black sequin evening suit ensemble with a pair of high waisted pants, a long sleeved top, a scarf, and a handbag. This 1990s Yves S...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Size 46 / 12 14 Lavender Lilac Purple Linen Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche light lilac lavender purple linen short sleeve shirt dress! Features luxurious soft Irish linen, with pockets at each breast and at each s...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Saint Laurent Black and Gold Crepe Sash Dress Runway YSL , 1986
By Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Filled with glitz, glamour, and gold, the 1980s was an era of vivacity and energy, and as usual, Yves Saint Laurent was able to capture the moment and channel it into effortlessly el...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Saint Laurent Purple Crushed Velvet Plunge Wrap Dress YSL Runway, 1985
By Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The 1980s and Yves Saint Laurent are an iconic pair. Capturing the 80s culture, YSL had a talent for designing for the everyday woman but also making sure that she stood out whether ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Black Velvet Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Dress Beading YSL Size 36
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This black velvet vintage dress was designed by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990’s. It is made of 100 Viscose and had incredible beaded frog style closures up the front on a diagonal. ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Saint Laurent YSL One shoulder Black Velvet Metallic Layered Dress, 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A designer who in many ways was ahead of his time, YSL seamlessly has evolved his aesthetic from traditional to modern and back again. Following his themed Russian and Opium collecti...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint laurent Black Taffeta Ruffle One Shoulder Bow Dress YSL, 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
One of the hallmarks of Yves Saint Laurent’s career was his artistic interpretation of femininity in many different forms. In doing this, YSL operated less on trends and more on them...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Confetti Dots Plunge Maxi Dress YSL, 1984
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In the earlier years, YSL pushed the envelope. His designs pushed boundaries, were often controversial but represented a revolution in the womenswear aesthetic whether that be edgy, ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

New Yves Saint Laurent YSL F/W 2009 Runway Wool Lurex Dress Sz FR42
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Yves Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2009 Brand New Without Tags $2150 Butter Soft Runway Wool Lurex Dress FR42 Roughly U.S. 6 Charcoal & Metallic Lurex Zips Up the Back Hook and Eye Ne...
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Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Haute Couture Red / Green Stripe Silk Chiffon Dress, 1991
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent understood fashion for the everyday woman, and he also was a master of couture who reinvented the look and feel of the traditional couture image. YSL’s 1991 Spring...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Red Strapless Gown Dress w/Black Velvet Band at Bust
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Yves Saint Laurent YSL red strapless gown with a black velvet band at the top of the bust. There is no fabric tag but fabric is silky with a satin sheen. Size tag 40 but dress appear...
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Late 20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Collection Silk Gown Velvet Black
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wallkill, NY
Gray and black, stunning combo in person. Large oversized balloon sleeves. Buttoned cuffs. Fitted waist dropping into a pleated silk skirt. Will fit a 8 nicely. Please be sure to che...
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1970s Evening Gowns

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

1990s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Safari Suit Sets
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This 1990’s vintage Yves Saint Laurent black silk safari lace up suit jacket and skirt set was born from YSL’s time spent in Northern Africa. It combines an ethnic concept with Europ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Jersey 2 PC Gown With Tassels
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Classic 1980's YSL/Yves Saint Laurent black strapless jersey 2 piece gown with black hanging tassel details. Ruched boned and structured strapless top has strategically placed long t...
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1980s Evening Gowns

1970's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Satin Tie Top and Lace Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Classic Yves Saint Laurent duo from the 1970's features a black silk tie-neck blouse and a chic black guipure lace skirt. Blouse is long sleeve with slight gathering at the shoulder...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche Black Lace Corset & Chiffon Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Late 1980's Saint Laurent Rive Gauche corset and skirt ensemble. Corset a has black lace overlay on top of a flesh colored lining. Corset lacing at the front is adjustable to your bo...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Chiffon Metallic Falling Leaves Ensemble, 1978
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
International influences were at the forefront of YSL fashions during the 1970s and 80s. During these decades Saint Laurent’s designs were particularly characterizes by a certain eas...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Russian Burgundy Red Velvet Jacket & Skirt Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This incredible 2 piece evening ensemble is from Yves Saint Laurent and includes a jacket and a beautiful skirt both in luxe burgundy velvet. The fitted jacket is fully lined, with ...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent Black Beige Polka Dot Ruffle Jacket Top Skirt Set YSL 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent reached a new hallmark as one of the greatest designers of his time. Being recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a monographic show in 1983...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Saint Laurent Emerald Green Velvet Silk Taffeta Ruffle Dress YSL, 1980s
By Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Coming off of his highly successful global-inspired collections of the late 1970s, YSL’s 1980 collection paid one more homage in the silhouettes to the Opium and Russian collection b...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

YSL Haute Couture Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New Hope, PA
Understated and elegant, with a few subtle and unusual touches, this snakeskin patterned silk dress from Yves St Laurent Haute Couture is so evocative of 1970's Paris style.<br /> <...
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1970s Evening Gowns

YSL velvet and chiffon layered, one shoulder evening dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
YSl one shoulder evening dress with mini underskirt. Mini skirt shows through the off center slit of the gathered chiffon skirt.<br /> The lovely detail of this dress is seeing the ...
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Late 20th Century Evening Gowns

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Ysl Evening Dress For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary ysl evening 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 protectString (more) options on these pages. Finding the perfect ysl evening dress may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. Finding a ysl evening dress for sale for women should be easy, but there are 3 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Ysl Evening Dress?

The price for a ysl evening dress starts at $588 and tops out at $6,999, and on average, selling for $1,431.

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.

Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated evening dresses and gowns by our favorite courtier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. In the 16th century, dresses and gowns were so important that England's Queen Elizabeth I defined rules about what dresses women could wear -- guidance included long skirts and fitted bodices. Forward-thinking designers have responded to this history.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel reimagined traditionally masculine garments for feminine shapes, and her elegant evening dresses and gowns promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by layers of fabric. French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced innovative and highly coveted dress designs in the 1960s while at the same time challenging sexist stereotypes about which members of society could wear tuxedos. Works by unconventional British designer John Galliano — featured in houses like Givenchy and Dior — redefined limits that dressmakers faced in terms of material, construction and vision during the late 20th century. 

Today’s designers target an increasingly broad audience with their boundary-crossing work, and their tendency to play off of each other’s ideas means that every walk down the runway is also a walk through an entire history of fashion design and dress craftsmanship. 

Whether you gravitate toward backless maxi dresses or silk charmeuse gowns by Alexander McQueen or embellished, ruffled floral-print designs by Chloe or Versace, there is an extraordinary collection of vintage and designer evening dresses and gowns waiting for you on 1stDibs.