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Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

French, 1936-2008

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. 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, 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 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.

Browse an extraordinary collection of vintage Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts, handbags and other clothing and accessories today on 1stDibs.

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Designer: Yves Saint Laurent
New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mask Shield 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a translucent mask shaped frame. Spotless pair of light amber gradient lenses. New! never worn o...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Glasses (galatee 444v)
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Gold/white/transparent CODE STAMPS: GALATEE 444V SIZE STAMP: 55☐14 FRAME MATERIAL: Acetate MEASURES~ Arms: 110 mm Lens width: 55 mm Lens height: 45 mm Bridge: 14 mm COMES WI...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 545 Jaspe Marble 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a jaspe marble green frame. Spotless pair of light grey lenses. New! never worn or displayed....
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 545 Jaspe Black 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 653 Jasped Brown 1970 France Sunglasses Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a translucent jaspe...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 541 Jasped Red 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a jasped red frame. Spotless pair of light rose gradient lenses. New! never worn or displayed. Fla...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Alma Gold Oversized 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish YSL sunglasses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage, Please study the pictures. A great opportunity to achieve a unique and yet timeless look. ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Thick Black Lucite Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent thick black lucite sunglasses are accented with his signature "YSL" in gold hardware along the arms. The front measures 5 3/8" across, height is 2", arms are 5...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Tortoise Shell Vintage Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Yves Saint Laurent tortoise shell vintage sunglasses with gold YSL logo on the arms. Made In Italy. 6506 Y507 135 -Measurements- Lens- 2.5 inches wide, 1.5 inches high Arm- 4.5 inc...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 7951 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1980’s Oversized sunglasses in black with silver accents. Spotless pair of light rose gradient lenses. New! never worn or displ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent 1980's Rare Black & Gold Dead Stock Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Yves Saint Laurent 1980's Rare Black & Gold Dead Stock Sunglasses Gold metal detail Green tinted lenses Made in Italy Stamped Yves Saint Laurent on inside and outside of arms Max w...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Tortoise Shell with Textured Gold Hardware Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent tortoise shell sunglasses have textured gold hardware arms with their signature "Y" towards the front of the arms. The tips of the arms are finished with tortoise ...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses. Vintage 1990s oval YSL sunglasses, vintage Yves St Laurent silver sunglasses, brown lens, YSL. These sharp shades are Yves Saint Laurent iclass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Yves Saint Laurent YSL Aviator Sunglasses With Case
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses Brand New *Stunning in Silver Aviator * Blue Gradient Lenses * Super Lightweight * White Sides * Made in Italy * 100% UVA/UVB Protection * Comes with C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Bicolor Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Yves Saint Laurent black and orange square sunglasses with orange lenses. Please note, this item cannot be shipped to the US. Years: 70s Made in France Width: 14 cm Height: 5 cm
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Butterfly Mint Sunglasses 8150 58-14 140mm
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage YVES SAINT LAURENT oversized sunglasses, mod. 8150. Tortoise acetate frame with crystals and small gold-tone studs embellishment. YSL signatures on the side of the arms. mode...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Alma Black Oversized 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish YSL sunglasses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage, Please study the pictures. A great opportunity to achieve a unique and yet timeless look. ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Shades of Blue and Black Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent wonderful sunglasses are in streaks of French blue and highlighted with black accents. The sides have silver name plate with "Yves Saint Laurent". Highly hand-poli...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Oversized Bug Eye 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a translucent frame & jaspe translucent temples. Spotless pair of light gradient lenses. New! n...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses Large Tortoise Frames Vintage
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses with large tortoise frames, likely made in the 80s. Tortoise resin frames with the YSL logo on each side. Very Jackie-O c...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Violet Lucite "Swirls" Hardware Accent Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
These wicked Yves Saint Laurent Lucite sunglasses in a wonderful violet shade is detailed with silver hardware "Swirls" on the sides. The front measures 5 1/2" across, the wrap-aroun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 8129 1980 Made in France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish YSL sunglasses. White aviator frame holding a pair of double gradient lenses with beautiful old Cassandre logo. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storag...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Gilded Gold Hardware with Tortoise Shell Eyeglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent gilded gold hardware eyeglasses are accented with tortoise shell finished arms. The arms is highlighted with their signature "YSL" logo on the arms. The front ...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent Champs Elysees Aviator Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Champs Elysees Aviator Sunglasses, rectangular shape, glasses are light brown with gradient and 100% protection from UV rays, Unisex, Made in France Model Number...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Vintage YSL oversized sunglasses, c1980ss
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in NEWARK, GB
A gorgeous pair of vintage YSL oversized sunglasses. Oversized sunnies with off round large lenses and deep burnt orange gradient acetate frames. The lenses are are dark brown / gr...
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Late 20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Giraffe 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1980’s Oversized sunglasses with a giraffe printed accents. Spotless pair of light brown lenses. This pair show minor sign of...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Gold Wrap-Around with Gold Etch Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent gilded gold framed wrap-around sunglasses are detailed with gilded gild etched on both corners along with "Yves Saint Laurent" in micro-size engraved. Sunglass...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Burgundy Lucite with "Y" Gold Hardware Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
This wonderful Yves Saint Laurent in burgundy sunglasses is accented with his signature "Y" in gold hardware on the arms. There's also gold hardware detailing on the front center top...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Chic Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Milano, IT
Stylish sunglasses designed by the world-famous Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s, fine Italian manufacture. Original logo on the side of the glasses. The glasses have an elegant cut, ...
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1980s Italian Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Vintage YSL Brown and Black Square Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Circa 1970. Featuring clear brown and black matte finish frames, round square light brown gradient lens, silver tone YSL logo on the sides. Signed Yves Saint Lauren...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL WINGS 8403 Oversized 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish YSL sunglasses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage, Please study the pictures. A great opportunity to achieve a unique and yet timeless look. ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL " Vanessa " Tortoise Translucent Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s " Vanessa " Spotless pair of medium brown lenses. New! never worn or displayed. Flawless pair!!! This pair is an style...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

2000s Yves Saint Laurent Havana Brown 2199/s Mask Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent Havana Brown full rim sunglasses, brown scratch/impact-resistant lenses, sturdy plastic frame, gold tone metal ware, 100-percent UVA and UVB protection, Model: 219...
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Early 2000s Italian Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent vintage frames
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Capri, IT
Yves Saint Laurent vintage frames
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Saint Laurent Slim Wayfarer Sunglasses Tortoise Acetate Brown
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Irvine, CA
Saint Laurent Slim Wayfarer Sunglasses Tortoise Acetate Brown Tortoise Condition Details: Minimal wear on lenses, faint scratches on hardware. 49810MSC Height 2.25", Width 6", Dep...
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Mid-20th Century Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Oversized 1980 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish YSL sunglasses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage, Please study the pictures. A great opportunity to achieve a unique and yet timeless look. ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

YVES SAINT LAURENT Rare MINT Diva Oversized Sunglasses mod. VANESSA
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Rome, Rome
YVES SAINT LAURENT vintage MINT/PRISTINE sunglasses Mod. VANESSA - Made in France Perfect frame from the '70s! GREEN mint lens, brown "patent" effect oversized frame Cond...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL 543 Jaspe Black & Grey 1970 France Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s Oversized sunglasses in a jaspe two tone grey marble frame. Spotless pair of rose gradient lenses. New! never worn or dis...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Lucite with Gilded Gold Hardware "Swirl" Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent wonderfully polished black lucite accented with polished gilded gold hardware sunglasses features curved corners and etched detailing on the center-front. Th...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

New Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL " Vanessa " Pearl Grey Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful and stylish vintage new Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s " Vanessa " Spotless pair of medium grey lenses. New! never worn or displayed. Flawless pair!!! This pair is an style ...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Multi-Red & Black Front Gold Hardware Frame Glasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent multi red & black front frame with gold hardware frame throughout glasses measures 5 1/4" across the front. The height measures 1 7/8", arms are 5 1/4" in length a...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black & White Horn Accent with Black Hardware Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent black hardware sunglass accented with black & white horn measures 5 3/8 inches; across the front, height including the horn accented on top is 2 inch...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Hardware Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent black hardware frame sunglasses measures 5" straight across the front. The curved front measures 7 1/2" from hardware side-to-hardware side. The height m...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Lucite with Gold Hardware Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
These wicked Yves Saint Laurent lucite sunglasses are highlighted with gold hardware with their signature name elegantally written on the arms. The length across the front measur...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Frame Dark Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent black frame dark sunglasses measures 4 1/4" across the top-front, overall length across the front measures 5 5/8", height is 2", arm is 5" in length.
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Black Hardware with Black Lucite Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent black hardware frame with black lucite arms are accented with the signature "YSL" logo on the center front, along with the full "Yves Saint Laurent" name on the ar...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

1980s Yves Saint Laurent YSL Blue Clear Oversized Sunglasses
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
Yves Saint Laurent oversized sunglasses , blue clear, logo on black side tag, Made in France Condition: excellent 1980s vintage, original case included Measurements: - total wi...
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1980s French Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses available. 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 green, orange, pink 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 Jean Paul Gaultier, Alain Mikli and Gucci appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer, vintage and haute couture Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $98 and tops out at $1,200, while the average work can sell for $399.

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