Breathtaking black sequin-lace and purple silk-taffeta dress from the infamous Rive Gauche collection during the mid-1970's. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true examples of fashion history. I love the fitted bodice covered in a black spider web lace that is then adorned in crystal organza ribbon work and black sequins. The skirt falls in gathers from the natural waistline seam with a sash belt that ties on the side. The asymmetric handkerchief hemline has a foot long border of the same lace as the bodice! It is wearable and modern, yet has its own avant-garde elements. "In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture. It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a collection of unrivaled fantasy and luxury." Measurements Bust:32-33 inches Waist:25 inches Hips:Free Sweep This rare YSL gown is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working side-zipper. This garment is over 30 years old and is truly stunning.
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