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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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Navy Wool Pinstripe Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
We love vintage YSL - not only are the pieces stylish and timeless, they are incredibly well made! This is a 1990's navy wool Yves Saint Laurent pinstripe skirt with design detail...
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1990s Pencil Skirts

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 Pink Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A bright pink vintage skirt, by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The dress has a zip on the left hand side and 2 diagonal pockets. It has been professionally taken in .
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1980s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Rive Gauche Chevron Print Pleated Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" chevron print skirt! Gorgeous vibrant colors that zig zag around this beauty. Fabric covered buttons down the front. Fully lined. So...
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1980s Pleated Skirts

Gorgeous Vintage Yves Saint Laurent " Rive Gauche " Black Sequin Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" black sequin skirt. The best black skirt for any fashionista's wardrobe! In great condition. Marked Size EU 44 Measurements: 30 inch waist 44...
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1980s Pencil Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy & Black Velvet Ruffle Party Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent burgundy & black velvet ruffle party skirt. The skirt features a flat black velvet waist yoke & full circle burgundy taffeta circle skirt. with ruf...
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1980s Ruffled Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black Wool Classic Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Francisco, CA
Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Rive Gauche classic above the knee pencil skirt, come in wool in black tone, with button and hidden zipper on the back and lined interior. Made in France....
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Late 20th Century Pencil Skirts

A vintage 1980s Blue Leather Skirt by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A stunning and very soft leather skirt by Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche line. In a brilliant blue colour , this skirt has a side zip and button opening ,and a 7'' central back slit .
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1980s Pencil Skirts

Sexy Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Leather High Waisted Black Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Incredibly sexy vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL ‘Rive Gauche' black leather skirt!!! High-waisted pencil style, with pockets at both sides of waist. Slight slit up middle front makes ...
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1980s Pencil Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Vibrant Floral Silk Print Wrap Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche vibrant floral silk print wrap skirt. This beautiful skirt is simple and elegant in style, a banded, gathered waist, the skirt wraps and closes...
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1980s Wrap Skirts

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

Vintage Pleated Floral Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A pretty vintage floral skirt for Spring/ Summer by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The skirt has a black background with floral design ,and has 4 '' pleats from the waistband, prod...
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1970s Pleated Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Raspberry Pink Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A pretty skirt by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The skirt is a wrap over style with ties, and slight gathering at the waist.
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1970s Wrap Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche Vintage Red Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage skirt by Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche line. The skirt is a cotton and viscose mix ( 53% cotton, 47% viscose). It has sloping pockets on each side , gathering at the...
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1980s Skirts

Black Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Wool Skirt Suit Set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage black wool skirt suit set by Yves Saint Laurent. Peaked satin lapel. Long sleeves. Four-button detail at cuffs. Single-button closure. Waist slide pock...
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21st Century and Contemporary Skirts

1990s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche Army Green Vintage 90s Linen Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
1990s YVES SAINT LAURENT YSL Rive Gauche army green linen skirt! Features the perfect color green that can easily be your new neutral. Super soft linen fabric. Flattering pleats at e...
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1990s Pleated Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche YSL Black Hi - Lo Asymmetrical 90s Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
The perfect black early 1990s vintage hi-low pencil skirt by YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche YSL ! Features a flattering straight fit, and is shorter in the front, and longer in the ...
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1990s Pencil Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent brick red wool skirt with hip front pockets 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves Saint Laurent fine brick red wool straight skirt with hip front pockets from the 1980s...Banded waist skirt closes at the side with a zipper and button at the waist...Four top s...
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1980s Pencil Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A chic skirt by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The skirt has wonderful gold detail at the hem, two front pockets on either side , a 6 1/2 ' ' slit at the back, side zip opening and ...
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1990s Skirts

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Vintage Quilted Metallic Gold Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Sparks, NV
Vintage 1980s metallic gold quilted pencil skirt by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Fully lined with side zip and hook closure and pockets. The marked size is 38, and the skirt fits ...
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1980s Pencil Skirts

S/S 2002 VINTAGE TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT SAFARI SKIRT
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT Safari Skirt S/S 2002 100% Cotton FR size 40 - US 8 waist 16", hips 19", length 26" In excellent condition Shown with YSL safari leather ja...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pencil Skirts

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Brown Corduroy A - Line Vintage Mide Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic late 1960s 60s / early 70s YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Rive Gauche' fine chocolate brown corduroy A-Line midi skirt! Super flattering fit, with the softest cotton corduroy fabric! Butto...
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1970s A-Line Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Black Silk Chiffon Knife Pleated Maxi Skirt Vintage 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Yves St Laurent knife pleated black silk sheer chiffon maxi skirt from the 1970s. Cased elastic waist. Sexy sheer silk chiffon maxi skirt . Marked size 38 In excellent wearable cond...
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1970s Pleated Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Vintage Raw Ribbon Skirt, Fall 2001
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A 2001 fall Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford elasticated tube skirt with a raw silk ribbon appliqué running in vertical rows down the ankle-length skirt. The knitted nature of the fabr...
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Early 2000s Ruffled Skirts

1970s Vintage YSL Yves Saint Laurent Chocolate Brown Leather Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche vintage leather skirt from the 1970s. This gorgeous vintage dark chocolate brown 1970s YSL leather skirt comes from one of my all time favorite estate...
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1970s Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Le Smoking Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage skirt 'Le Smoking' tuxedo by Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. The skirt is wool and fully lined, with sloping pockets and a zip on the left hand side. It has gathering...
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1980s Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent " Rive Gauche " Navy Blue Maxi Skirt Size 48 / US 16
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
The perfect vintage Yves Saint Laurent "Rive Gauche" navy blue maxi skirt, in RARE size 48 ! Beautiful slimming cut, ankle length, and so much detail! The perfect essential--the poss...
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1980s Flare Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Black Wool Size 38 70s Wrap Maxi Skirt YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic, yet classic vintage late 70s YVES SAINT LAURENT Rive Gauche black wool wrap maxi skirt! Features an interior button with hook-and-eye closure. POCKETS at each side of the waist...
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1970s Wrap Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 1970s Rive Gauche 70s Liquid Silk Maxi Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Quite possibly the most amazing vintage late 1970s Yves Saint Laurent YSL skirt that I have ever seen! This chic YSL maxi skirt feels, and looks like liquid silk! Unbelievable moveme...
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1970s Pleated Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 90s Logo + Stars Silk High Waist Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
1990s YVES SAINT LAURENT ' logo and stars' high waisted silk pencil skit! Features a black silk background, with brown, gray and white YSL logo and stars printed throughout. Fantasti...
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1990s Pencil Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Vintage Chocolate Brown Velvet 70s Full Midi Skirt YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful, and a fall / winter must! Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1970s HIGH WAISTED brown velvet midi (calf length) skirt! Goes with virtually any style/color top. POCKETS...
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1970s A-Line Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Silk Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche black silk skirt. The skirt has a side zip opening , and is fully lined. The skirt is marked a size 38.
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1980s Skirts

1990s Purple Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage Skirt With Satin Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a wonderful Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche purple wool crepe skirt fully lined in dark purple satin. This lovely 1990's skirt has four purple button closures down the side, l...
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1990s Skirts

A vintage silk printed wrap over mini skirt by Yves Saint Laurent
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
A chic silk wrap over skirt by Yves Saint Laurent. The skirt is made of silk with a black background and ivory print on the top half. The lower area has a black background with an i...
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Early 2000s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent "rive gauche" vintage 1970s cotton safari skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful 1970s skirt by Yves Saint Laurent "rive gauche" Made in cotton French size 38 Measurements are taken flat Waist 13inch/33cm(x2) - Hip 27inch/69cm(x2) - Total Length 26inch...
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1970s Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Long Skirt Paris France
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Montreal, QC
In hommage to the painters he admires, YSL celebrates "le peintre de la couleur" Henri Matisse with this Superb Haute Couture print of geometric shape colors. Rare full long skirt wi...
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Late 20th Century Skirts

Stunning Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Silk Laser Cut High Waist Black Skirt Sz 44
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Chicago, IL
Out of this world vintage YSL "Rive Gauche" laser cut black silk skirt! Intricate design, with an amazing fit. Fine silk that almost has a paper-like feel. So unique, yet so utterly ...
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1980s Pencil Skirts

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Fuschia Pink Cotton Skirt With Sash Belt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage Yves Saint Laurent 1970's skirt came from our all time favorite estate of vintage designer clothing. This individual had the most outstanding wardrobe we've ever been pr...
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1970s Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Wrap Over Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in London, GB
A great vintage skirt for Fall from Yves Saint Laurent., Rive Gauche line.
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1970s Skirts

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 1960s 60s Gray Wool Pencil Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Sparks, NV
Gorgeous tailored gray wool skirt by Yves Saint Laurent. Details: Fully Lined Side Metal Zip and Hook Closure Marked Size: 38 Estimated Size: Small Color: Gray Fabric: Woo...
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1960s Skirts

1990s High Waisted YSL Vintage Black Wool Skirt Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a fabulous vintage skirt from Yves Saint Laurent with a high waist, side zipper, and side slit pockets. This skirt is in excellent condition and is fully lined. Please use ...
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1990s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 1970s Blue & Red Plaid Faux Wrap Skirt W Ribbon Trim
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a really wonderful, timeless red and blue plaid wool 1970's Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche vintage skirt. The skirt has nice blue knit trim and is in a faux wrap style The ...
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1970s Skirts

A 1980s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black Silk Taffeta Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A 1980s Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche floor-length black silk taffeta skirt with a fitted waist, zipper closure and gorgeous ruffled trimmed layers. The skirt is unlined. ...
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1980s Skirts

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Black and Red Chevron Cotton Skirt - 40 -Circa 1970/s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This vintage Yves Saint Laurent long skirt is black with a red and blue chevron design. There is a tie at the waist, a side zipper, and 2 pockets. This skirt is in excellent conditio...
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1970s Skirts

Vintage Saint Laurent Green and Red Harlequin Print Tulle Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1980s Red, black, green and teal print harlequin tulle mini skirt. Skirt is paired with Jean Paul Gaultier burgundy mesh cropped sweater shirt with ostrich sleeves. ( sweater shirt a...
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1980s Bubble Skirts

Saint Laurent Vintage Taffeta Skirt with Velvet
By Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Saint Laurent Vintage Taffeta Skirt with Velvet — Featured in vibrant multicolored taffeta fabric with a velvet panel around the waist and has a zipper and hook fastening. Skirt is i...
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1970s Skirts

F/W 2001 Vintage Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent black velvet skirt with fringe
By Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montgomery, TX
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent black velvet skirt with fringe FR size 36 - US 4 Excellent
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21st Century and Contemporary Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Numbered Skirt Suit - Stunning!
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Insanely chic vintage Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture black skirt suit! Wonderful jet-black set, with the perfect floral motif. Slim fitting jacket, with a stunning high-waisted pen...
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1990s Skirt Suits

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Vintage 3 pc Purple Skirt Blouse & Jacket Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage ensemble from YSL includes a flared skirt, sleeveless top and an over - blouse with pockets and 3/4 length sleeves with upturned cuffs. The outfit is in a pale purple sa...
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1970s Skirt Suits

Multicolor Vintage Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Floral-Printed Skirt Set
By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage multicolor floral skirt set by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Puff shoulders. Short sleeves. Scoop neck. Concealed side zip closure. Matching pleated A-line ...
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Late 20th Century Skirts

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent black Smoking Tuxedo jacket and skirt set
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning Yves Saint Laurent black tuxedo/smoking jacket & skirt suit. Made in France - French size 36 - Us size 4 - 100% wool and both pieces lined. However, we strongly advise using...
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1880s Skirt Suits

1980s YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Velvet Evening Blazer Skirt Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This is a luxurious black velvet skirt suit from Yves Saint Laurent made in France in the 1980's. This rive gauche YSL evening ensemble is in excellent condition with a slim skirt a...
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1980s Skirt Suits

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage 1970s Matte Jersey Top/Skirt Ensemble
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
YSL matte jersey set includes: ruched strapless shell, waist tie/scarf, full gathered short skirt. Strapless shell has a zipper and hook-and-eye fastening at the side and a ruched de...
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1970s Skirt Suits

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Suit Midnight Blue Black Satin w Blazer & Skirt
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This gorgeous YSL vintage 2 piece skirt and blazer suit is made of a finely ribbed midnight blue wool crepe with black satin trim. This Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche suit was made ...
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1990s Skirt Suits

YSL Vintage Suit Houndstooth Wool Skirt Blazer Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage YSL two piece houndstooth wool skirt suit is in as new condition. This Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche early 1980's pencil skirt and single breasted blazer jacket was mo...
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1970s Skirt Suits

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Olive Khaki Skirt & Jacket Safari Inspired Suit
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Portland, OR
This Yves Saint Laurent vintage 2 piece outfit includes a skirt and a shirt that is cut like a jacket with front pockets. This khaki olive green 2 piece heavy cotton suit is in exce...
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1970s Skirt Suits

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

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent ' Rive Gauche ' Black Skirt Suit Size 44 YSL
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage Yves Saint Laurent 'Rive Gauche' black skirt suit! Flattering neckline on jacket, with two dome gold buttons at waist, and at cuffs. Also features interior waist bu...
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1990s Skirt Suits

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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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