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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Suede Leather Fringe Nehru Tunic Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabulous vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT ( YSL ) Rive Gauche black suede nehru style fringed tunic dress! Features six large wood buttons up the front. Pockets at each side of the waist. ...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Striped Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent Striped silk dress with an attached silk sash bow. Size estimate: XS/S
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1980s Day Dresses

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

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1980s Vintage Black Strapless Peplum Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic, and utterly classic 1980s YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche' black silk and linen blend strapless peplum dress! Features luxurious silk and linen blend that holds a nice shape wh...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Size 6 Navy Virgin Wool Shift Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT VARIATIONS sleeveless shift dress comes in navy wool with a back zip closure. Made in France. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: 6 Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shift Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Black Linen Short Sleeve 80s Belted Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche 1980s short sleeve black linen dress! Features black and gold buttons down the entire front, with a hidden hook-and-eye closure at inner w...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black raw silk sac dress 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black raw silk sac dress 1980s...A beautiful and versitle dress the fabric is deep black raw silk...Round yoke neckline with a single button closure...The ...
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1980s Tunics and Wrap Dresses

Vintage Dress Yves Saint Laurent / Cotton Print and Fringes
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage dress Yves Saint Laurent Cotton Print. Circa 1985 : Yves Saint Laurent variation Color: Black and print white and turquoise Square collar and sleeveless. This dress is midi...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

A 1980s VIntage Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A 1980s black Yves Saint Laurent haute couture cocktail dress with a drop waist fitted skirt and a voluminous top with long sleeves tapered at the cuff. The dress has a round necklin...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Wool and Velvet Fall Winter Vintage Plaid Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage YSL dress was designed by Yves Saint Laurent in the late 1970's. The dress is wool with a purple, blue and mustard plaid on a dark blue background. The mock turtleneck a...
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1970s Informal Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s ' Rive Gauche ' Black + White Leaf Dress & Sash
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful and rare vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" black and white silk dress! Wonderful leaves printed throughout, w/ tiny leaves surrounding the large ones. Comes with matching sash belt...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red & Black Floral Print Drop Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent red silk drop waist dress with black floral print and black velvet detailing. The dress features an open neck, straight sleeves, and is knee length. Excel...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Short Sleeve Belted Black Linen Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Superb vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" black double-faced linen dress, w/ detachable tie belt. Functional black + gold buttons down the front, w/ hidden hook and eye closure at bust + wais...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

YSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Dress W/ Braided Soutache Trim 8/10
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage YSL black lightweight wool crepe dress has gorgeous braided soutache style trim surrounding the buttons that go up the front. The dress is fully lined and has great sid...
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1990s Day Dresses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Bodycon Black Knit Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a gorgeous ribbed stretch knit vintage black dress from Yves Saint Laurent. The dress has buttons on the shoulder and the pattern of the fabric creates an inverted triangle ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Black Silk Russian Collection Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful and flattering vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche’ black silk ruffle dress! Luxurious soft 'liquid' silk that looks incredible on! Features a silk velvet trim along th...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Plaid & Velvet Smock Dress Circa 1970's
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black plaid wool dress with magenta, orange and purple window pane details. The dress features a black velvet button front yoke and matching peter pan coll...
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20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent One Shoulder Ruffle Cocktail Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Austin, TX
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black one shoulder sleeveless cocktail dress with ruffles. Condition: Excellent. Size M/ US 6/ FR38 34" bust, 33" waist, 33" hips, 40" length
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Chic Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Grey Pinstripe Wool Shirt Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredibly chic vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" wool shirt dress. This versatile beauty features a double breasted closure. Gorgeous pinstripes, with a hook and eye closure at waist, for a...
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1980s Casual Dresses

Vintage 1982 Yves Saint Laurent Black Sequin-Lace & Purple Silk Asymmetric Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking black sequin-lace and purple silk-taffeta dress from the infamous 1982 Rive Gauche collection. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true examples of fashion his...
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1970s Aesthetic Evening 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 rive gauche 1970s vintage purple slinky silk jersey dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning purple dress by Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" made in a very soft, light and slinky jersey. Measurements taken flat without stretching the fabric. Ua to Ua 15inch/38cm - ...
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1970s Maxi Dresses

2001 Vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
2001 Vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Dress FR Size 38 - US 6 100% Silk is finished with delicate ruched tulle and eyelash detail Immaculate Condition New, with ta...
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Early 2000s 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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1990s Black Metallic Tinsel Off - Shoulder 90s Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Gorgeous vintage early 90s YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Rive Gauche off the shoulder metallic tinsel sweater dress ! At first glance, this looks like a sequined dress. However, it is reall...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black and cream plume print silk dress 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves Saint Laurent black and cream plume print silk dress from the 1970s...This amazing dress has a very distinctive pattern of plumes with a ribbon tied at the bottom, the dress has...
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1970s Day 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

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Graffiti Print Silk Sleeveless Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Amazing vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT "Rive Gauche" silk graffiti print sleeveless dress! Features an allover graffiti / Asian themed print. Vibrant hues of purple, burgundy, and blue w...
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche Vintage Leopard Print Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Nice, FR
YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche vintage leopard print dress. This dress features : - Wrapped waist. - Knee length. - Long sleeves. - Zip on left shoulder and side. - Shoulder pads. -...
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20th Century Day Dresses

1970's Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Lightweight Wool Plaid Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Yves Saint Laurent was only 21 years old when he became Creative Director at Christian Dior in 1958. Through an unfortunate turn of events, Saint-Laurent was only there for 2 years. ...
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1970s Day Dresses

Splendid Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Colorful Flower Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" dress! Features an incredible array of colorful flowers, with functional gold flower buttons down the front! Signature 1990s YSL sh...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Black Short Sleeve Large Size Belted Vintage 80s Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic and classic early 1980s YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Rive Gauche black short sleeve belted dress ! Features buttons up the entire front of the dress. Pockets at each side of the hips....
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1970s brown wool winter dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Antwerp, BE
1970s winter day dress by Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" Made in a gorgeous heavy brown "drap de laine" fabric French size 40. Please use the measurements for the perfect fit. Ua t...
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1970s Day Dresses

2 Pc YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Dress in Black & White Zebra Print Silk
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a lovely Yves Saint Laurent vintage dress with matching blouse and wrap skirt. Black and white patterned silk that looks almost like an abstract zebra print! The white part h...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Evening Dress Alternative Black Skirt Suit W/ Sequins
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful Yves Saint Laurent 2 piece evening outfit that would make a great evening dress alternative. The early 1980's evening suit includes a beautiful knit sweater with ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Yves Saint Laurent vintage 1980s tulle trimmed strapless dress and bolero set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Yves Saint Laurent's original 1980s version of the tulle trimmed dress available in the Saint Laurent Fall 2019 collection. The strapless bustier dress comes with a matching bolero....
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

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

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

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s vintage black velvet and silk dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Antwerp, BE
An amazing and rare vintage women's long sleeve velvet and silk evening dress from the 80s by Yves Saint Laurent for the iconic "Rive Gauche" label. French size 38 Please go by the ...
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1980s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Velvet Bolero & Dress Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning vintage Yves Saint Laurent black velvet fitted dress featuring satin trim. and a matching bolero. Excellent Condition. Size: 36
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1980s Dress and Coat Ensembles

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 Saint Laurent Black and Yellow Print Silk Wrap Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black , Yellow and white flower petal silk wrap dress with puffy sleeves and V neck. marked size: 38 France Bust: 36-38/ waist: fit 26-34 inches ( wrap d...
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1980s Evening Dresses

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Lace with Gold lace thread
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Elegant vintage Yves saint laurent rive gauche black lace with gold lace thread with spaghetti strap Bust: 30inches/ Waist: 24 inches size 2/Small
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1970s Cocktail Dresses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Chartreuse Stripe Wrap Ensemble, 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1970s Yves Saint Laurent chartreuse wrap top & skirt ensemble with multi color stripes. The top features a bare back, halter-style neck, and wrap-around front tie closure. ...
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1970s Day Dresses

Vintage Saint Laurent spaghetti strap dress red silk organza harlequin print
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 1980s Yves Saint Laurent spaghetti strap dress with red silk organza harlequin print cocktail dress. Size : 2/ Bust : 31"/ waist :24" / hip: 30" Length: 38&qu...
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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 Rive Gauche Forest Green Velvet Coat or Dress Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dark forest green velvet coat or dress from the 1980s, it looks great with a wide belt. Beautiful soft velvet coat that closes at the front with button...
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1980s Day Dresses

2001 Vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Strapless Long Dress
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
S/S 2001 Vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Strapless Long Dress 100% Silk Ruched detail Long side slit FR Size 36 - US 4 Immaculate condition
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Red Satin & Black Lace Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent red satin and black lace evening ensemble featuring a delicately gathered blouse with lace yoke, 3/4 length sleeves with ruffle cuffs, and a matching pleat...
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Late 20th Century Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Navy Blue + White Polka Dot Silk 80s Dress YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
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

Vintage 1990 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Chocolate Silk Strapless Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Yves Saint Laurent Haute-Couture gown from his iconic 1990 spring-summer documented collection. It is insanely chic with its fluid femme fatale construction. The fabric ...
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage 1983 Yves Saint Laurent Documented Purple Print Silk Strapless Gown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking purple and green abstract print doumented gown from the infamous Rive Gauche collection of 1983. The dress is made from layers of a light silk voile that feels almost we...
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1980s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Vintage Yves St Laurent chic black crepe and satin cocktail dress 1990s unworn
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Yves St Laurent black crepe and satin cocktail dress 1990s...This chic classic dress has a V neckline front, long sleeves with padded shoulders, jewel buttons at the shaped ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black and Yellow Floral Print Wrap Dress
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1980s vintage Yves Saint Laurent white, black and yellow rose print silk wrap summer dress. Black silk piping on the sleeves and V neck collar. Hook an eye fastener. Dress is styled...
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Late 20th Century Day Dresses

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

Vintage Saint Laurent red polkadot blouse and skirt ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Early 80s Yves Saint Laurent red, white and black polkadot silk twill blouse with puffy sleeves. slip on blouse ( no zipper) knife pleats skirt with pockets. Blouse fit size 2/4/6 Sm...
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1980s 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

A 1980s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Silk Dress with Blue Polka Dots
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A stunning 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black silk dress with fabulous blue dots. The dress has a fitted skirt and a long-sleeved blouse with a bow collar. The dress is unlin...
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1980s Day 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.


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.


Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Clothing for You

From museum-worthy vintage Oscar de la Renta evening dresses, gowns and jackets to audacious T-shirts and trousers from provocative punk designer Vivienne Westwood, one thing is abundantly clear: If the clothing available on 1stDibs could talk, it would certainly make a statement. 

For fashion lovers, the 1990s have become associated with styles adopted by today’s supermodels and influencers — think Galliano and Cavalli — but maybe ‘80s accessories are among your (guilty?) pleasures. Playful, boldly colored coats and outerwear from Moschino and other titans of the era can take a simpler ensemble to the next level, while chic and practical suits from the likes of Christian Dior and Chanel remain classic for haute couture advocates and beyond. By exploring the vast array of vintage collections on these pages, you can transform your closet into a retreat that is as retro as it is royal. 

Velvet cocktail dresses and silk evening gowns designed by French-born American couturiere Pauline Trigère — who dressed Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor — have proven timeless since their mid-century debut, while an overcoat by Alexander McQueen is the perfect finishing touch. In fact, an emerald one stays in rotation for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

Those seeking modern high-fashion brands are also in luck. Turn your day-to-day into a runway with selections from Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace or complete that fresh look with stunning footwear classics from the likes of Gucci and Christian Louboutin. The future — and glamorous past — of fashion is yours for the wearing. 

Build your collection of covetable and iconic vintage garments by shopping on 1stDibs. No matter where you roam, our diverse apparel and accessories will keep you covered in the hottest styles and comfiest black hoodie imaginable.