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Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Sweaters

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Visionary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was the first to launch a ready-to-wear label, YSL Rive Gauche Prêt-à-Porter. The inaugural Rive Gauche boutique — a modern shop in Paris’s bustling, bohemian Left Bank district — offered stylish garments and accessories that were intended to be affordable for a younger generation of fashion enthusiasts. The store featured Mies van der Rohe chairs and played host to actor Catherine Deneuve during its grand opening.

Saint Laurent pioneered “cross-design” in fashion, taking inspiration from street trends to modernize haute couture. He was the first couturier to open boutiques for both men and women. Using traditional menswear fabrics and designs for women, he 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. Saint Laurent also 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.

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 — Rive Gauche is French for “left bank” — followed soon thereafter by YSL Rive Gauche for men. Ready-to-wear materialized during a period of dynamic transformation and experimentation and came to dominate the Paris fashion scene. 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 plane is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent.

“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.

The vintage YSL Rive Gauche clothing for sale on 1stDibs includes evening dresses and gowns, jackets, shoes, handbags and other items.

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Designer: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
YSL Yves saint Laurent 1970 cardigan in camel wool
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Located in L'ESCALA, ES
Vintage 1970s Yves saint Laurent cardigan In camel wool Twisted, long sleeves, V-neckline, natural horn buttons. Small open pockets on bottom of cardigan Made in Italy Size 2, shoul...
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Red knit long cardigan with black velvet details. Shoulder-pads. SIZE 42 (Fr) L
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Yves Saint Laurent Runway Wool Sweater & Scarf, Fall-Winter 1982-1983
By Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Geneva, CH
Woven with a colourful pattern for a bold graphic look, this FW1982-1983 YSL runway (see picture 10) sweater and matching scarf will be perfect for the Fall s...
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A wonderful warmer for Fall. This black wool knitted cardigan by Yves Satin Laurent Rive Gauche has a pocket either side at hip level, a button front opening and small knitted should...
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F/W 2001 Yves Saint Laurent by Tom Ford Black Ribbon Knit Sweater Top
By Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in West Hollywood, CA
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YVES SAINT LAURENT c.1980's Rive Gauche Dark Gray Beaded Silk Cashmere Knit YSL
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Located in Thiensville, WI
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By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
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By Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Black corduroy pullover sweater with fringed trim designed by Yves Saint Laurent dating to the 1970's. French size 34. Approximate measurements: bust 36-38", waist 26", arm length fr...
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A/W 2001 Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Shredded Silk Ribbon Sweater Top It. M
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Located in Montgomery, TX
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Find an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche sweaters available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of purple and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of André Courrèges, Lanvin Paris, and Yves Saint Laurent appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche sweaters from top boutiques around the world. Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche sweaters prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $359 and tops out at $1,580, while the average work can sell for $495.
Questions About Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Sweaters
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Saint Laurent Rive Gauche is a line of ready-to-wear fashion that was released under the ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ name. Saint Laurent himself said he “had had enough of making dresses for jaded billionaires”; so he created the Rive Gauche line of high-quality fashion that was more accessible than the haute couture line. You can find vintage and contemporary Yves Saint Laurent bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.

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