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YVES SAINT LAURENT 1976 Russian Collection Brown Broadtail Fur & Mink Trim Coat

$6,316.90

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Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first designers to pay homage to Russia and its traditional garments. His iconic and opulent Autumn-Winter 1976/1977 "Opéras – Ballets Russes" or so called "Russian Collection" included peasant ensembles and various Cossack-style coats made of luxurious textiles such as fur, chiffon, silk, velvet, and gold lamé. Laurent himself regarded this collection as one of his finest: “I don't know if this is my best collection. But it is my most beautiful collection.” This Yves Saint Laurent Fourrures labeled coat is an important and well documented piece of fashion history and, as a key look of this collection, highly collectible. An investment piece that will continue to increase in value. Versions of it are part of The Met Museum and The Museum at FIT. See reference photos. The breathtaking design is pure Yves Saint Laurent from that time and made from a high-quality genuine glossy broadtail fur in delicious shades of brown, from cinnamon to chocolate. The dark brown mink fur trim throughout including a half belt at the back emphasizes the beautiful lines and gives it that Anna Karenina vibe. The bodice has a high neckline and long sleeves with mink fur trimmed cuffs. I love how the lower part of the coat is set into the waist seam with slight gathers along the top that flare out below the waist in a swing style. An extremely figure flattering cut! The coat closes at the center front with four beautiful and eye-catching tassel decorated dark brown Brandenburgs or passementerie frog closures and is fully lined in a matching rayon. Excellent condition. Perhaps the slightest wear to the end of the tassels. Appears to have been worn very little if at all. Shoulders: 42 cm – 16.53" Bust: 96 cm – 37.79" Waist: 96 cm – 37.79" Hips: open Sleeve length: 66 cm – 25.98" Length: 133 cm – 52.36" (from neck to hem) Measurements are taken flat across from side seam to side seam and then DOUBLED for bust, waist and hips. Corresponding Modern Size: M Reference Photos: Russian Collection Coat at Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris / Mariacarla Boscono for the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective Show in 2002 wearing a Cossack-style coat from 1976 / Mink fur coat from The Met Museum / Vogue Editorial, December 1976

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 52.36 in. (133 cm)Bust: 37.79 in. (95.99 cm)Waist: 37.79 in. (95.99 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Perhaps the slightest wear to the end of the tassels. Appears to have been worn very little if at all.
  • Seller Location
    Munich, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU785311110192

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Yves Saint Laurent

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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