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Yves Saint Laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large rhinestone cuff adorned with lavender, black and clear glass jewels. c.1980's
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Vintage 1970s Cuff Bracelets

1970's Yves Saint Laurent Plaid Silk Peasant Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent maroon, bright green, royal blue, black, white and gold raw silk peasant sleeve blouse featuring an all over plaid print. Ties at the neckline, trimmed wit...
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 1980's Houndstooth Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 1980's Houndstooth Suit Sze 38, but runs large Bust 39" Waist 34" Length 30" Skirt Waist 26" Hip 39" Length 19" Excellent condition
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1970s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 70's Orange Skirt Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 70's Orange Skirt Suit Size 36 but runs very very big for the size on the tag. Bust 39" Waist 34" Length 30" Skirt Waist 26" Hip 39" Length 19...
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1970s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

1976 YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Russian collection' wool coat with braided trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very rare purple wool coat with fitted bodice, full sleeves, toggle closure and braided trim by Yves Saint Laurent dating to fall of 1976 from the well documented 'Russian Collection...
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1970s Coats

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 1970's Lace Overlay Skirt Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 1970's Lace Overlay Skirt Suit So sweet, the skirt is longer than I show, I pulled it up in the first photo. Size 34 Bust 34" Waist 22" Lengt...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Dark Gray Jersey Jumpsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Gray Jersey Jumpsuit The belt is for styling only, not included. Partially lined Size M-L No size tag Bust 40" Waist 28" Hips 42" Inseam 31" To...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 70's Navy and Black Le Smoking Tuxedo
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Guache Vintage 70's Navy and Black Le Smoking Tuxedo . Navy blue wool with black twill lapel's and cuffs with tuxedo stripe down the pants. Size 36 but runs v...
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1970s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 70's Gold Chain Belt / Necklace with Pearl Tassel
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 70's Gold Chain Belt / Necklace with Pearl Tassel This is designed to wear slung low over the hips and will fit up to 32" Buckle measures 2" across and cha...
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1970s Belts

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 1970's Large Silk Shawl with Gold Threads
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 1970's Large Silk Shawl with Gold Threads Excellent condition 54" x 54"
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21st Century and Contemporary Scarves

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 70's Ombre Cotton Striped Cook's Apron
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 70's Ombre Cotton Striped Cook's Apron So charming, for the collector New unworn 48' long
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Black Dress w Feathers by Maison Lamari
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Little Black Dress with Feathers by Maislon Lamarie on the Skirt. The dress is knit wool, and has considerable stretch, with shoulder pads whic...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Black Velvet Feather Trim Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Black Velvet Feather Trim Cocktail Dress This is such a special piece, with a built in full corset with stays, and Coq feather and gold tinsel ...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Silk Polka Dot Day Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Silk Polka Dot Day Dress. This is so charming with tie of puffed short sleeves. Sz 34 , but seems to run large Bust 38" Waist 26" Hips 40"...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage " le Chemise" Dress w Attached Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage " le Chemise" Dress w Attached Pussy Bow. I styled it two ways.First with the pussy bow tied at the collar, and then with it wrapped around the...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Belted Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Belted Cocktail Dress So charming, there are snaps at the bust, which might have been added from modesty, I show it open and ...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Sheer Devore Velvet Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Sheer Devore Velvet Cocktail Dress. So pretty , with a velvet corset like bodice with feather trim, and sheer gold edges devore velvet, so...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Backless Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Backless Evening Dress So charming, crystal buttons down the back. Size tag gone, size appx 40 Bust 36" Waist 28" Hips 38" L...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Backless Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Backless Evening Dress So charming, crystal buttons down the back. Size tag gone, size appx 40 Bust 36" Waist 28" Hips 38" L...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage 70's Black Velvet Ruffled Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Black Velvet Ruffle Trim Cocktail Dress. There are two straps, but it could be worn strapless. I show it both ways. Marked size 34 Bust 32" Wa...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Slate Silk Evening Dress with Draped Back
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Slate Silk Evening Dress with Draped Back Appx Size 44 Bust 38" Waist 32" Hips 49" Length 64" In excellent condition
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Red Ruffle Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Red Ruffle Dress. So chic, I see where Tom Ford was inspired for his first YSL collection in this dress. Sadly, there is a tiny hole on the back...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Large Gray "South Sea" Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Large Gray "South Sea" Pearl Necklace Gunmetal caps and chain. There are signs of wear on the pearls, use zoom feature to see details.
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Vintage 1970s Brooches

Yves Saint Laurent Numbered Haute Couture 1970's Black Lace Flou Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Numbered Haute Couture Black Lace Evening Dress. Draped flou soft tailored tea length evening dress from Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture circa 1972. Simply exqui...
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Vintage Multi Strand Gray Pearl Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Vintage Multi Strand Gray Pearl Necklace. Multi strand necklace of pearls with gunmetal set crystals ending in large link chain in the back.
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Vintage 1970s Beaded Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Variation Red Cotton Button Up Bustier
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Variation Red Cotton Button Up Bustier Size 40 Bust 34" Length 14" Excellent condition
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1970s Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Low Cut Metallic Taffeta Pleated Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Low Cut Metallic Taffeta Pleated Dress. This is aso pretty, the photo's don't quite capture it's details. Please use the zoom feature to see det...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Purple Velvet Suit w Hot Pink Moire Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970's Purple Velvet Suit w Hot Pink Moire Trim Size 36 Bust 36" Waist 26" Hips 40" Excellent condition.
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1970s Skirt Suits

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Heart Pin Brooch with Drop
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Cabachon Faux Ruby Vintage Star Pin Brooch. Crystals with faux ruby cabachons and pealrs set in gunmetal tone metal. Glass faux ruby drop. There ...
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Vintage 1970s Brooches

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Heart Clip Earrings with Drop
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Cabachon Faux Ruby Vintage Star Pin Brooch. Large faux Saphire crystal hearts with heart shape cabachon drops set in antique gun metal tone metal.
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Vintage 1970s Drop Earrings

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black Ruffled Silk Cocktail Dress w Satin Corset
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black Ruffled Silk Cocktail Dress with Satin Corset. There is a full inner corset. This is new with tags Size 40 Bust 38" Waist 26" Hips 40" Length 30"
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Heart Pin Brooch with Tremblant Beads
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Heart Pin Brooch with Tremblant Beads Crystal set in antique gunmetal tone metal with lot's of crytsal's that trembel and move. There is a hook o...
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Vintage 1970s Brooches

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Silk Leopard Pattern Sleeveless Summer Top
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Silk Leopard Pattern Sleeveless Summer Top Size 40 Bust 36" Waist 37" Length 25" Excellent condition
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Silk Taffeta Blouse with Exaggerated Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Silk Taffeta Blouse with Exaggerated Pussy Bow. This can be worn different ways, but the bow is blown up, so fun. Size 40 Bust 40" Waist 30" Length 2...
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Pin Tuck Silk Keyhole Blouse w Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Pin Tuck Silk Keyhole Blouse with Pussy Bow and Bishop Sleeves. Size 36 but runs very very large for that size Bust 45" Waist 45" Length 28" E...
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Green Silk Paisley Blouse with Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Silk Keyhole Blouse with Pussy Bow. Size 38 but runs a little large for that size Bust 36"" Waist 33" Length 25" Excellent condition
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Cabachon Pattern Blouse with Side Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Cabachon Pattern Blouse with Side Pussy Bow Size 38, cut generously Bust 40" Waist 40" Length 28" Excellent condition
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Green Silk Paisley Blouse with Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Silk Keyhole Blouse with Pussy Bow. Size 38 but runs a little large for that size Bust 36"" Waist 33" Length 25" Excellent condition
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Pin Tuck Silk Keyhole Blouse w Pussy Bow
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Pin Tuck Silk Keyhole Blouse with Pussy Bow and Bishop Sleeves. Size 36 but runs very very large for that size Bust 45" Waist 45" Length 28" E...
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Khaki Safari Lace Up Corset Top
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Safari Lace up Corset top So chic, please use the zoom features to see details. Size 44 Bust 35" Waist 26" Length 22" Excellent condition
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1970s Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Purple Silk Lace Trim Cassandra Logo Camisole Top
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Purple Silk Lace Trim Cassandra Logo Camisole Top Size S Bust 38" Waist 36" Length 23" Excellent condition
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1970s Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent Fourrures Vintage Black Cashmere Cape w Fur Collars and Cuffs
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Fourrures Vintage Black Cashmere Blend Cape with Sheared Beaver Fur Collars and Cuffs. Feels like cashmere but there is no fabric tag. In excellent condition. 50" ...
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1970s Capes

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Fringed Fuchsia Cape with Hood and Tassel
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Purple Cape with Hood and Tassels. Of all the Capes YSL designed, this one is the best. WIth sutache and double tassels on the front, hooded with a lon...
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1970s Capes

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Rare Black Silk and Velvet Corset Top
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Rare Black Silk and Velvet Corset Top. Black faceted jet buttons are ornamental, this zips up the front So chic, please use the zoom features to s...
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1970s Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Rare Black Lace on Linen Corset Top
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 70's Rive Gauche Black Lace on Cotton Linen Blend Corset Top So chic, please use the zoom features to see details. Size 40 Size small Bust 36" Waist 26" Length 18"...
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1970s Shirts

Lucien Pellat Finet Brown Zip Front Hoodie with Golden Cannabis Leaf on Back
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Lucien Pellat Finet Brown Zip Front Hoodie with Golden Cannabis Leaf on Back Size small Bust 44" Waist 36" Length 24" Great condition
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1970s Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Bakelite Earclips
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent 1970s bakelite earclips. Designed in the Art Deco Revival taste, black bakelite overlapping triangles are set with two rows of crystal rhinestones. Excellent Cond...
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Vintage 1970s Art Deco Clip-on Earrings

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Chrysophrase, Crystal, Rhodium, Silver Plate

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Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Modernist Earclips
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Modernist earclips 1970s. Of faux tortise resin and gold plate metal Excellent Condition Unsigned L2.25" W 1.25"
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Vintage 1970s Modernist Clip-on Earrings

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Gold Plate, Brass, Gilt Metal

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Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Wool Tunic/Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 70's Wool Tunic Blouse - Excellent Condition - 100% Wool - Measurements taken flat : Ua to Ua 21inch/53cm(x2) - Sh to Sh 17,5inch/44cm - Waist 21inch/5...
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1970s Blouses

Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Burgundy Cardigan Sweater
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Burgundy wool cardigan with ivory ribbing from Yves Saint Laurent, pre Rive Gauche. The label is the older Cassandre Logo lable, before the creation of the pret a porter Rive Gauche ...
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1970s Cardigans

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Large Floral Scarf
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1970s Yves Saint Laurent large scarf with a green background and floral print and border. Works beautifully as a sarong. Excellent Condition.
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1970s Scarves

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Vintage Plaid Wool Midi Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Sparks, NV
Early Yves Saint Laurent! Vintage 1970s plaid wool midi skirt with a velvet hemline. The marked size is 42 and the skirt fits like a size large. Details: Unlined Front Pockets...
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1970s Pleated Skirts

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

Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Suit in Wool Gabardine
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
A simple, classic 1970's Yves Saint Laurent wool gabardine, rust color skirt suit, with (not YSL) belt included. Front buttons, deep pockets and deep pleated skirt.
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1970s Skirt Suits

Iconic Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Geometric Oversized Silk Scarf
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent silk scarf, displaying signature YSL Mondrian-Inspired print! Gorgeous, vibrant hues of blues, pinks, oranges and yellows! The perfect accessory to any out...
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1970s Scarves

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

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Black Silk Jersey Two Piece Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
This elegant Yves Saint Laurent Circa 1974 black silk jersey two piece suit would lend itself effortlessly to both formal occasion wear and to evening wear. The simple lines of this ...
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1970s Twin Sets

Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Black Velvet Blazer Nehru Collar
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Yves Saint Laurent jacket is composed out of a black patterned velvet and features a nehru collar design. There are front pockets and center front pockets. Circa 1960's-1970's. ...
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1970s Blazers

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970's Chiffon & Dot Skirt Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Yves Saint Laurent black chiffon and gold metallic dot top, and black velvet wrap skirt with matching chiffon dot ruffle. Attached ...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Red & White Candy Stripe Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Atlanta, GA
This adorable Yves Saint Laurent red and white candy stripe sundress is a yummy confection. The crisp cotton fabric features an asymmetrical one shoulder drop waist bodice with a ga...
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1970s Informal Dresses

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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.

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.

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