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Yves Saint Laurent YSL Purple Red Jeweled Pin Brooch
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Yves Saint Laurent YSL Paris signed pin brooch. Featuring gilt metal geometric star shape, carved, and see-thru ornate crystal rhinestones in purple and ruby red colors. Secur...
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1990s Brooches

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Gilt Metal

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Jewelled Clip On Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage rectangular gold toned clip-on earrings featuring a red resin center surrounded by purple crystals. Embossed YSL Made in France. Indicative measurements ...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Mandarin Collar Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Mandarin Collar Jacket Measurements taken laid flat: Shoulder: 16.14 inches (41 cm) Sleeves: 22.44 inches (57 cm) Bust: 20.47 inches (52 cm) Waist...
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20th Century Blazers

YSL Red With Multi Color Polka Dot Silk Blouse~36
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL red with multi color polka dot silk blouse with collar and neck sash. Ruffle cap sleeve. Size 36F. 15.5 inches shoulder to shoulder. Good vintage condition with minimal wear to f...
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1990s Shirts

1980s YSL Red Wool Vintage Dress With Black Satin Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This beautiful vintage YSL dress in in a beautiful shade of red wool with a pretty black satin lapel. This dress is in excellent condition - the only thing found is that the previou...
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1980s Informal Dresses

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Ball Heel Pumps Lace Up Shoes
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Ball Heel Pumps Lace Up Shoes Measurements: Insole: 9 inches (23 cm) Heel: 1.57 inches (4 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic YVES SAINT LAURENT. - Re...
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20th Century Shoes

YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1980's YSL Red & Black Scoop Neck Tunic Top / Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
DESCRIPTION: YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1980's YSL Red & Black Scoop Neck Tunic Top / Dress Circa: c.1980’s Label(s): Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Designer: Yves Saint Laurent Style: Tunic ...
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1980s Tunics

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Square Studded Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Square Studded Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.42 inches (3.6 cm) Width: 1.42 inches (3.6 cm) Weight per Earring: 24 grams Features: - 100% Auth...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Faceted Heart Rhinestone Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Faceted Heart Rhinestone Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm) Width: 1.30 inches (3.3 cm) Weight per Earring: 14 grams Features: -...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

YSL / Marrakech (Red) by Max De Frost
Located in New York, NY
YSL / Marrakech (Red), 2019 Pigment print on Hotpress 20 x 15.5 inches Edition of 18 Publisher: Eminence Grise Editions Printer: Andre Ribuoli
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Digital Pigment

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Enamel Wheel Disc Cabochon Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Red Enamel Wheel Disc Cabochon Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.49 inches (3.8 cm) Wearable Length: 17.12 inches (43.5 cm) until 18.70 inches (47.5 cm...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

1980's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Red and Black Couture Label Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Very simple yet chic Yves Saint Laurent red and black couture label suit from the 1980s. The black wool gabardine jacket with red piping and buttons is the perfect piece to be worn w...
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1980s Skirt Suits

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red Gold Seahorse Earrings YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent vintage rare seahorse dangling clip-on earrings featuring a gold toned coral branch top and a ruby red resin sea horse with green cabochon eyes.. Created in the ...
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1990s Dangle Earrings

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Gold Plate

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Love Red Passementarie Woven Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Love Red Passementarie Woven Belt Measurements: Buckle Height: 2.36 inches (6 cm) Maximum Wearable Length: 33.07 inches (84 cm) Total Length: 34.84 in...
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1980s Belts

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Irregular Red Glass Cabochon Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Irregular Red Glass Cabochon Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.69 inches (4.3 cm) Width: 1.69 inches (4.3 cm) Weight per Earring: 23 grams Features: -...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

YSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Raspberry Red Wool Blazer Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This beautiful, fully lined YSL blazer is in excellent condition and comes from the estate of a Yves Saint Laurent collector. She originally purchased this jacket in the 1990s and I...
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1990s Blazers

Yves Saint Laurent Red Silk Flamenco Skirt YSL, Runway 2003
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Interpreting YSL’s curiosity for various cultural styling into his own more seductive perspective, Tom Ford created a vivid, jewel-toned collection with subtle glints of Spanish infl...
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Early 2000s Skirts

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Red Faceted Heart Rhinestone Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Red Faceted Heart Rhinestone Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) Width: 1.3 inches (3.4 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic Yves Saint Lau...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Love Heart Red Lariat Rope Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Love Heart Red Lariat Rope Necklace Measurements: Height Heart: 0.90 inch (2.3 cm) Width Heart: 0.98 inch (2.5 cm) Cord: 24.80 inches (63 cm) Feature...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

1970s Rare Yves Saint Laurent YSL Hat in Red with Black Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful vintage YSL red flap cap with top stitching and black trim. The hat measures 22” in circumference on the inside rim and is labeled a size small. This hat is lined...
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1970s Hats

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Red Pinstripe Skirt & Blazer Jacket Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Portland, OR
This incredible vintage red 2 piece skirt suit from Yves Saint Laurent is in excellent condition and was most likely never worn! The lovely red fine wool fabric has Navy and white p...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Yves Saint Laurent Red Green Passementerie Tassel Belt Bag YSL, 1990s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Passementerie accessories are a staple to early YSL collections. The craftsmanship of these designs allows for an exciting way to bring together interesting color combos and provides...
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1990s Belts

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Red Gold Paisley Silk Feather Shawl YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In the present day, the YSL scarf is a classic luxury accessory that is a staple any Fall/Winter season. Saint Laurent’s penchant for eccentric accessories sedimented a place in the ...
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1970s Shawls

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Red Leather Arabesque 2-Way Shoulder Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage red leather arabesque trapezoidal shoulder bag. Grained leather featuring a gorgeous embossed arabesque design. Gold toned YSL monogram logo on the front...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Burgundy Red Boucle Wool Pleated 1990s Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fabulous vintage skirt designed by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s. The burgundy wool boucle skirt is beautifully pleated and has nice gold buttons on the front at the side...
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1990s Pleated Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Red Black Passementerie Gripoix Hearts Clutch/ Belt Bag YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The suit, the safari jacket, the peasant dress—Yves Saint Laurent was a master at seeing the high-fashion potential of that which others might have dismissed. This passementerie purs...
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1970s Clutches

YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1960’s YSL Cayenne Red Felted Fur Structured Bucket Hat
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Thiensville, WI
YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1960’s YSL Cayenne Red Felted Fur Structured Bucket Hat Circa: 1960’s Label(s): Yves Saint Laurent / Paris - New York / Luxuria Imported Body Made In Italy Sty...
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1960s Hats

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 541 Jasped Red 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a jasped red frame. Spotless pair of light rose gradient lenses. New! never worn or displayed. Fla...
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1970s Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Numbered Haute Couture Red Silk Tunic/Skirt Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
This early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent tunic and skirt set is made from scarlet red very delicate raw silk. The straight-cut tunic top features a demure neckline, long sleeves (cut in o...
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Early 2000s Day 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

Yves St Laurent YSL Rive Gauche wine red silk tie front blouse 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves St Laurent YSL Rive Gauche wine red silk tie front blouse 1970s...Long sleeve pull on style blouse, placket button front (to about mid torso) natural pearl button, small collar,...
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1970s Blouses

YSL Hooded Wool Cape
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hooded wool cape by Yves Saint Laurent (Rive Gauche) Red wool Green fringe Blue trim Hook and eye neck closure Blue rope neck tie Hood Draped cape no sleeves 100% wool Made ...
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Late 20th Century Capes

YSL Ruby Oval Drop Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Long Yves Saint Laurent dangle earrings of bezel set oval ruby pastes. Articulated to move with wearer. Silvered metal, Made in France. 1980's. 3". Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1980s Drop Earrings

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Pink Red and Gold Tone Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent red, pink glass strass bracelet featuring gold tone articulated parts and a spring-ring fastening with logo pitted on. In excellent vintage condition. Made in Fran...
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Vintage 1980s Beaded Bracelets

YSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Fourrures Mongolian Red & Purple Fur
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A shaggy Mongolian lamb fur coat in red and purple stripe. Fully lined. Measurements: Bust and Waist: up to 40 inches Length: 31 inches Sleeve length: 24 inches Shoulders: 18 inches
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Late 20th Century Coats

Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Black Bow Red Patent Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Black Bow Red Patent Belt Measurements: Height: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Wearable Length: 28.54 inches (72.5 cm), 29.52 inches (75 cm), 30.51 inches (77.5 c...
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20th Century Belts

YSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Fourrures Mongolian Red & Purple Fur
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A shaggy mongolian lamb fur coat in red and purple. Fully lined. Measurements: Bust and Waist: up to 40 inches Length: 31 inches Sleeve length: 24 inches Shoulders: 18 inches
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Late 20th Century Coats

YSL Fuchsia Leather Wristlet Small Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Yves Saint Laurent hot pink leather wrestle bag. Great for casual outing . Handle 6". Comes with original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Ruby Red Stone Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl Flower Ruby Red Stone Earrings Measurements: Height: 2 inches (5 cms) Width: 2 inches (5 cms) Weight per Earring: 21 grams Features: - 100% A...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

1990's Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black & Red Silk Flowers Scarf
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Hollywood, CA
YSL 100% silk scarf with hand-rolled edges. Black and red flower design. Does not include box.
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1990s Scarves

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Red/Black Jacquard Plaid Blanket Scarf
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Red/Black Jacquard Plaid Tartan Floral Wool Blanket Scarf Color: Red and black Materials: no composition tag- wool Overall Condition: Excellent vin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scarves

Yves Saint Laurent Red Multicolored Plaid Full Maxi Skirt YSL , 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Plaids were popularized in Saint Laurent’s collections from the late 1960s to the early 70s. Appearing most frequently in skirts, the colorful plaids for Rive Gauche reimagined tradi...
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1970s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Couture Black Illusion Red Sequins Hat YSL, 1989
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Accessory designs are intended to add the finishing touches or accrue shock value. By combining various fabrics, embellishments and textures, Saint Laurent was a master of accessorie...
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1980s Hats

YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Red Enamel Cross Rhinestone Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Ysl by Robert Goossens Red Enamel Cross Rhinestone Earrings Measurements: Height: 1 6/8 inches (4.44 cm) Width: 1 6/8 inches (4.44 cm) Weight per Earring:...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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

Vintage Designer YSL Silk Scarf and Pure Irish Linen Christmas Stocking Red
By Katie Larmour Design
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Vintage designer YSL silk scarf and pure Irish linen Christmas Stocking red Yves Saint Laurent  Katie Larmour Linen is known for her use of luxury salvaged materials, with this co...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Pillows and Throws

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Linen, Silk

Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy Red Velvet Suit Outfit w/ Skirt & Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This Russian inspired vintage deep red velvet skirt and jacket ensemble from Yves Saint Laurent is so lovely. The 2 piece suit includes a Mandarin collar jacket and a softly pleate...
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Late 20th Century Skirt Suits

YSL / Marrakech (Pink) by Max De Frost
Located in New York, NY
YSL / Marrakech (Pink), 2019 Pigment print on Hotpress 20 x 15.5 inches Edition of 18 Publisher: Eminence Grise Editions Printer: Andre Ribuoli
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Digital Pigment

YSL / Marrakech (Orange) by Max De Frost
Located in New York, NY
YSL / Marrakech (Pink), 2019 Pigment print on Hotpress 20 x 15.5 inches Edition of 18 Publisher: Eminence Grise Editions Printer: Andre Ribuoli
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2010s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Digital Pigment

YSL Vintage Silk Scarf in Red Green Pink Black & White Abstract Print
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fun, colorful vintage Yves Saint Laurent silk scarf in a multi colored print with abstract shapes and a red and green border. Marked with YSL on the bottom left corner. Han...
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1980s Scarves

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Green Red & Black Camouflage Skirt Jacket Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage Yves Saint Laurent skirt ensemble is from the 1980's and looks so much better in person than on our mannequin! The suit is made of a camouflage sage green, burgundy and ...
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1980s Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Russian Collection Red suede Black Gold belt, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In 1976 Yves Saint Laurent debuted what has become known as his Russian collection. Incorporating silhouettes and styles for the lauded performance troupe the Ballet Ruses, Saint Lau...
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1970s Belts

YSL 1960's Orange & Blue Striped Long Sleeve Dress - 6
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
YSL 1960's Orange & Blue Striped Long Sleeve Dress - 6. This dress is in very good vintage condition with minor wear. Measurements: Bust- 44" Waist- 28.5" Hips- up to 45.5" S...
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1960s Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ruby Red Suede High Heel Platform Boots, late 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Munich, DE
Absolutely fabulous and rare late 1970s Yves Saint Laurent high heel boots. They represent the characteristic folkloristic style Yves Saint Laurent first showed in his iconic Fall/Wi...
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1970s Boots

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 Signed YSL Vintage Pearls Gold Tone Bib Necklace w Red Stones
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a stunning vintage bib necklace from Yves Saint Laurent with a single strand of faux pearls and a gorgeous gold abstract triangle with beautiful red faceted stones that give ...
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Vintage 1980s More Necklaces

1980s YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Red Stone Gold Necklace and Clip Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a beautiful 1983 vintage YSL Byzantine style jewelry demi parure set that includes a necklace with a red stone on twisted gold and black pendant and a matching pair of clip ...
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Vintage 1980s Pendant Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Black and Red Vintage Sunglasses YSL Logo Museum Piece
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage 1980s Yves Saint Laurent geometric sunglasses in black plastic with red detail at corners and sides. Grey lenses. Gold YSL logo at right temple. From the Museum at FIT. Fram...
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1980s Sunglasses

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Ysl Red For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary ysl red for your needs in our varied inventory. Red is a pretty popular color, but we also have Red, Black, Pink and protectString (more) in stock now. Finding the perfect ysl red 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. 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 Ysl Red?

Prices for a ysl red can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $249 and can go as high as $4,800, while, on average they fetch $682.

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.