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Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

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
Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Cut Out Logo Folding Mirror 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
An iconic large Y S L letter Vintage YSL Logo Mirror. In 1961, following his time as Dior's Art Director, Yves Saint Laurent launched his namesake couture label. His fearless approac...
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

New Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent YSL Lotus Heels Final Collection 2004 Sz 38
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Leesburg, VA
Yves Saint Laurent Heels Brand New * Tom Ford Era Lotus Slides * This was his last collection for Yves Saint Laurent. He was inspired by the Chinese Collection of 1977 * Own a Piece ...
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Early 2000s Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

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 Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

Yves Saint Laurent Black Hand-Woven & Sequins Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent wonderful detailed bracelet combines micro hand-woven cashmere as the base. Next, over the cashmere would be a layer of micro hand-sequins, then a combined woven "...
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1990s Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

Yves Saint Laurent Gilded Gold with Pearl Bracelet
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent's gilded gold hardware with large faux pearl centered bracelet measures 8" in length, 1 3/8" in width and 1/2" in height. Wonderfully elegant and classic, this is ...
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1980s Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

Yves Saint Laurent Gilded Gold and Pearl Clip-On Earrings
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New York, NY
Yves Saint Laurent Gilded gold with gilded chain detailing pearl clip-on earrings measures 1" in length, 5/8" in width and 6/20" in depth.
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1970s Yves Saint Laurent Ephemera

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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gold & Crystal Hoop Earrings 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gold & Silver Chunky Link Necklace & Bracelet 1970s
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Located in Wilmslow, GB
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Gold Heart Statement Collar 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Solid Sterling Silver Torque Cuff Logo Design 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
What a rare and fabulous French designer cuff. A vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sterling Bangle. Featuring solid sterling silver in a broad contemporary style band engraved with the icon...
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Gunmetal & Crystal Belt 1970s
By Yves Saint Laurent
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Large Purple Trillion Crystal Ring 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
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Yves Saint Laurent Chunky Heart Pendant 1980s
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in Wilmslow, GB
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Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Store Display Sign Huge YSL Logo on Black Lucite
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Rare 1960s Yves Saint Laurent Mini Louisiane Pink Lighter
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1991 Yves Saint Laurent "Love" poster featuring Yves' famous pug Moujik as painted by Andy Warhol. Poster is framed with wooden frame. In excellent condition. MEASUREMENTS: Width ...
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Yves Saint Laurent Original Drawing
By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New Hope, PA
Yves Saint Laurent and his inner circle of jet setting friends were legendary around the world. This is a personal note from Yves to one of those famous friends. He was vacationing a...
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By Yves Saint Laurent
Located in New Hope, PA
A gift from Yves Saint Laurent to his dear friend Marina Schiano this charming and original fashion drawing shows a woman in a classic YSL suit with an exaggerated bow at the neckli...
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Yves Saint Laurent ephemera for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Yves Saint Laurent ephemera. 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 orange 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 interested in this designer might also find the work of Fendi, Tiffany & Co. and Christian Dior appealing. 1stDibs features haute couture, vintage and designer Yves Saint Laurent ephemera from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items starts at $475 and tops out at $1,685, while the average work can sell for $890.

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