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Yves Saint Laurent Gold Leather Skirt Suit, c. 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Incredible Yves Saint Laurent gold skirt suit, circa 1979. Fr 38
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1970s Skirt Suits

1979 YSL Yves Saint Laurent Moon & Stars Sleeveless Tunic Top Documented
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Almost three decades have passed and the moon and star remain iconic to Yves Saint Laurent. Recent collections have shown the celestial bodies on wallets, shoes, belts, dresses and s...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Vintage 1979 Yves Saint Laurent Documented Purple Velvet Jacket Knicker Pantsuit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Incredibly gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent royal purple cotton-velvet pantsuit from his infamous 1979 Rive Gauche collection. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true examples ...
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1970s Trouser Pant Suits

Yves Saint Laurent "rive gauche" pleated silk three-piece set s/s 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning!! Yves Saint Laurent documented Spring-Summer 1979 three-piece set, This 70's runway Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche features a pleated silk chiffon top with an elasticated ...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

An Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Bolero Collection Tribute to Picasso 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1979/1980 France Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche bolero jacket from the famous collection "Tribute to Serge de Diaghilev and his collaboration with Picasso" in 1979. Structured...
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1970s Bolero Jackets

Vintage 1979 Yves Saint Laurent Haute-Couture Red Dotted Silk Backless Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent Haute-Couture gown from his iconic 1979 spring-summer collection. It is insanely chic with its unique flamenco flutter. The fabric is a luxurious red ...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

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

1979 Yves Saint Laurent Silk Chiffon Colorful Floral Print Blouse Documented YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
A print of tropical flowers in vibrant Pop Art colors makes this silk chiffon blouse designed by Yves Saint Laurent an amazing vintage find. Part of his spring/summer 1979 collection...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Documented Yves Saint Laurent Pleated Silk Chiffon Ensemble, Spring-Summer 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Geneva, CH
A wonderful addition to any summer wardrobe, this SS1979 runway Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche color block two-pieces can be worn both together and separately. Composed of a vibrant ...
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1970s Dress and Coat Ensembles

Documented Yves Saint Laurent Pleated Silk Chiffon Ensemble, Spring-Summer 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Geneva, CH
A wonderful addition to any summer wardrobe, this 70's runway Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche features a pleated jade green silk chiffon top with a matching elasticated maxi skirt (se...
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1970s Skirt Suits

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

Yves Saint Laurent Evening Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New Hope, PA
Yves Saint Laurent is famous for his tuxedo look for women, Le Smoking. This elegant evening suit is another version of that look. The black wool jacket is accented with a black velv...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Yves Saint Laurent Velvet Beanie
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, black velvet beanie, having black gross grain detail.
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1970s Beanies

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Wool Cape w/Braided Silk Belt & Tassle Trim Ca. 1979
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ca. 1979 Yves Saint Laurent black wool cape w/wool braided trim and black domed spiral cord silk buttons. Cape comes with a braided silk cord that has silk tassels at either end and ...
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1970s Capes

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

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Jacquard Blazer
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage - ITALY Yves Saint Laurent green and blue jacquard cotton blazer. Classic lapel collar and single-breasted closure with decorated buttons. Two welt pockets with...
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1970s Jackets

Safari Yves Saint Laurent Cotton Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
The Safari jacket is one Yves Saint Laurent most iconic piece. This rare Saint Laurent cotton nut color jacket featuring 4 patch pockets, front button opening, a seperated multistit...
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1970s Jackets

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

Yves Saint Laurent Chinese Collection Tunic
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, RIve Gauche, red and black, chrysanthemum pattern tunic from his Chinese Collection. Tunic has button closure on the right shoulder.
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1970s Tunics

Yves Saint Laurent Peasant Blouse Tunic
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Geneva, CH
Late 70’s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche gypsy blouse. Constructed in antique pink satin cotton, the tunic features three-quarter full sleeves that gather at the shoulders. Elasticat...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy Velvet Coat
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent burgundy velvet long sleeve coat with black trim. Circa 1970s. Please inquire for additional images.
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1970s Coats

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Short Trousers
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage - ITALY Yves Saint Laurent black cotton blend with velvet effect knee-length shorts. High waist, front zip and logoed button closure, hem with button at the bot...
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1970s Bermuda Shorts

Yves Saint Laurent Suede Drawstring Bag
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, purple suede, soft body, drawstring bag, embellished with gold tone, metal sculpted grapes and a bow. Black, corded drawstring having purple suede, tassels at the...
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1970s Evening Bags and Minaudières

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Black Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Yves Saint Laurent black suit with jacquard jacket and skirt. Jacket with peak lapel collar and front button; straight skirt with side button and zip closure. Years: 70s Made in Fra...
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1970s Dress and Coat Ensembles

Yves Saint Laurent "leaf" clip earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent "Leaf" earrings measures 1 3/4" width, 1 1/2" height. The back of the earrings are marked with the YSL initials. The "leaf" is poured glass.
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1970s Accessories

Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote with leather handles. Constructed of cotton canvas with hemp and rubberized base like an espadrille sandal. Zipper top closure. Made in Spain ...
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1970s Tote Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Espadrille Tote
H 8.5 in. W 5.5 in. L 5.5 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Chinese Passementerie Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Bib necklace, Haute Couture, Chinese Collection, Opium, Fall/Winter 1977. Woven silk cord, silvered metal beads, with bakelite spacers. The bib front of handmade ...
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Vintage 1970s More Necklaces

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Silver Plate

Yves Saint Laurent Black Bag, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
1970s black and brown Saint Laurent leather two-tone shoulder bag featuring a shoulder strap, a foldover top with magnetic closure, a front slip pocket, a main internal compartment, ...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Yves Saint Laurent Black  Bag, 1970s
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black  Bag, 1970s
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black  Bag, 1970s
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black  Bag, 1970s
H 7.09 in. W 8.27 in. D 1.97 in. L 9.85 in.
1970S Yves Saint Laurent " Y" Clip Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Rare 1970's Yves Saint Laurent "Y" shape rive gauche clip earring. Lare in scale these are super fabulous earrings in plated silver. Signed on both earrings 2.5 inches in size
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Vintage 1970s Clip-on Earrings

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Silver Plate

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

  • Yves  Saint Laurent 1970s Bakelite Earclips
  • Yves  Saint Laurent 1970s Bakelite Earclips
  • Yves  Saint Laurent 1970s Bakelite Earclips
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W 1 in. L 2 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Suit, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Elegant Yves Saint Laurent black design suit with buttoned blouse and trousers. Top Height: 76 cm Shoulders: 35 cm Bust: 42 cm Sleeves: 57 cm Trousers Height: 102 cm Waist: 29 cm
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1970s Trouser Pant Suits

Yves Saint Laurent Saffron Orange Mohair Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Saint Laurent yellow saffron orange mohair wool long dress featuring a shirt collar, a center front zip opening, an elasticated waistband with a separate belt. Estimated size 3...
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1970s Day Dresses

1976 Yves Saint Laurent Cossack Collection Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1976 Yves Saint Laurent paisley print wool tiered dress with black velvet smock and green velvet trim. In excellent condition - size tag 36. Please consult measurements - bust and to...
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1970s Day Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tassel Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Massive Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tassel Earrings of ruby pastes, faux amber, faceted jet caps with ruby silk tassels. Clip back fittings. 1970's Haute Couture unsigned. YSL C...
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Vintage 1970s Dangle Earrings

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Gilt Metal

  • Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tassel Earrings
  • Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tassel Earrings
  • Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tassel Earrings
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W .75 in. L 5.5 in.
Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Wool Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Iconic Yves Saint Laurent wool Russian Collection skirt featuring a check pattern, black velvet ribbon detail, sides pockets, side zip opening. In excellent vintage condition. Made i...
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1970s Skirts

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Brown Knit Poncho
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1970s Yves Saint Laurent bohemian brown poncho. Oversized, with a boat neckline, an wide knit, and a long fringe hem. Bracelet length dolman sleeves. Perfect over jeans and a t-shirt...
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1970s Capes

Yves Saint Laurent Wool Gaberdine Cropped Jacket
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche, black, wool gaberdine, fitted,cropped jacket, having a stand up collar, black and white passementerie closures, and black braided trim detail.
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1970s Cropped Jackets

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bordeaux Braided Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
1970s bordeaux suede Saint Laurent belt featuring a a pink, bordeaux and gold tone braided part, a bordeaux suede leather part, YSL pitted on front loop, inside logo stamp. In good ...
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1970s Belts

  • 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bordeaux Braided Belt
  • 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bordeaux Braided Belt
  • 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bordeaux Braided Belt
  • 1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bordeaux Braided Belt
H 1.19 in. D 1.97 in. L 34.65 in.
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

Brown Leather Yves Saint Laurent Cowgirl Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Brown Leather Yves Saint Laurent Cowgirl Belt
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1970s Belts

Yves Saint Laurent Brass Link Necklace Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Miami, FL
This ever chic and ever fashionable French signed vintage Yves Saint Laurent long chain / link necklace is a forever piece. It is heavy and made out of brass that has been patinated ...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Link Necklaces

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Brass

Yves Saint Laurent Heart Print Fluid Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Iconic Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche fluid suit featuring a collector heart print, a black jacket with white hearts, a white skirt with black hearts. The jacket is lined and the la...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Yves Saint Laurent Polka Dot Bow Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Polka Dot Bow Blouse with many transformative options. Can be worn tied or open with streamers hanging for a more relaxed look. One button at neck with deep, sub...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Yves Saint Laurent Khaki Cotton Twill Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Simple and perfectly cut YSL Khaki cotton twill skirt with trapunto waist and snap closures. Full circle skirt is gathered at waist. Side pockets in seams. 1970's France. Excellent...
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1970s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent tan Safari jacket, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Iconic tan safari jacket from Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1970's. Fits a French 34 or US 0 or 2. Unlined. Bust measures 34", shoulder 14", arm length 22" and overall length is a...
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1970s Jackets

Yves Saint Laurent Patron Original Evening Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Geneva, CH
A beautiful and rare haute couture find, this 70’s YSL evening dress is made of refined satin silk, featuring an abstract black pattern upon a rich golden pumpkin background. Skimmin...
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1970s Evening Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Velvet Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Skirt in a soft, silky wine cotton/rayon blend. Simply constructed with gathered waist and gold soutache embroidery along hem. Fully lined. YSL ...
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1970s Skirts

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Black Wool Cape
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
This magnificent 1970s Yves Saint Laurent black wool cape excites drama and style and can be worn two ways, varying the impact of the piece. The soft wool felt is cut almost exclusiv...
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1970s Cloacks

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 Brown Wool Cape Coat
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Brown wool cape coat with hood trimmed in navy blue cotton fringe.
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1970s Coats and Outerwear

Yves Saint Laurent polished silver ear-clips
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent polished silver-toned metal ear-clips are bamboo styled. Height is 1", width is 1/2", depth is 6/8". The back has the YSL mark.
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Vintage 1970s Clip-on Earrings

  • Yves Saint Laurent polished silver ear-clips
  • Yves Saint Laurent polished silver ear-clips
  • Yves Saint Laurent polished silver ear-clips
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Set of two Yves Saint Laurent necklaces
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Set of two Yves Saint Laurent necklaces. One is colored with Plum and the other necklace is red. Both are accented with gold hardware. You can wear each alone, or both together.
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1970s Accessories

YVES SAINT LAURENT 'ivory & amber' lucite necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Dramatic faux ivory and amber necklace with gilt chain from Yves saint Laurent dating to the late 1970's. Adjustable chain. Excellent condition.
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Vintage 1970s More Necklaces

Yves Saint Laurent folk dress, circa 1976
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A Yves Saint Laurent 'Rive Gauche' folk dress, circa 1976. Black velvet bodice yolk, braided trim, button closure, pleated bishop sleeves, two hidden pockets, full pleated skirt ...
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1970s Day Dresses

Early Yves Saint Laurent Maltese Cross Necklace
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Large and early Yves Saint Laurent silver gilt metal Maltese Cross pendant necklace with faux round pearl cabochons further set with faceted cut square crystal pastes in faux ruby, a...
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Vintage 1970s Pendant Necklaces

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Gilt Metal

  •  Early Yves Saint Laurent Maltese Cross Necklace
  •  Early Yves Saint Laurent Maltese Cross Necklace
  •  Early Yves Saint Laurent Maltese Cross Necklace
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H 4 in. W 3 in. L 24 in.
Yves Saint Laurent "Snake Skin" Silk Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Geneva, CH
Late 70's - early 80's incredible silk jacquard snake skin like blouse. Optional removable tie, button down the front. Fits approx. : US 6-8 / FR 38-40 Measurements : Width (...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

Yves Saint Laurent Navy Linen Sleeveless Top
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
This wonderfully classic Yves Saint Laurent sleeveless top is double-breasted and accented with mother-of-Pearl buttons along with a extra button located in the interior. This top ha...
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1970s Sleeveless Shirts

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Waist belt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Austin, TX
1970s Yves Saint Laurent waist belt. Condition:Very good. Size Medium
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1970s Belts

Yves Saint Laurent Silk Crepe Paisley Blouse
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Riverdale, NY
Yves Saint Laurent silk crepe blouse in deep gray with paisley print and super long neck tie. Vintage size 34. Length 23". Bust 34". Shoulder 4.5", Sleeve 23". Neck 13.5". Excellen...
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1970s Blouses and Tops

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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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