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c1979-1980 Yves Saint Laurent Velvet & Silk Taffeta Dress

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This is an exceptional iridescent silk taffeta and velvet, tiered and ruffled ball gown skirted gown by Yves Saint Laurent. A similar gown was shown for the 1979-80 Haute Couture collection by Yves with the same high low skirt treatment. That Haute Couture look was then translated into silk taffeta gowns for the Rive Gauche label. Our example is done in his signature silk taffeta mixed with velvet. The skirt is exceptionally full and yet light. The fabric choice allows it to retain its wonderful shape and fullness. I love the wide ruffle that circles the hem giving it an extra flounce and added movement. This also helps give the skirt weight and keeps the shape. I would like to note that there is an incredible amount of fabric in the skirt - it is truly remarkable. The top has a ruffled collar edging in the same fabric as the skirt and each cuff is also finished with a similar treatment. The waist is cinched with a wide, attached sash that ties around the waist and is original to the set. It is just wonderful and truly a work of art. Excellent overall condition with one note to review n the notes below Very rare and museum worthy. Exceptional. Fully lined through the bodice under all the velvet portion and unlined through the skirt and sleeves. It closes with a side painted metal and nylon zipper. There are areas of thinning and loss of the cross weave of the fabric on the lower back ruffle but the excessive amount of fabric makes this negligible. The sash is attached at the back waist. Tagged vintage YSL 38 Sleeves: 25.5" Inset shoulders: 13.5" Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: open Length: 51" from shoulder to front hem, 61" to the back hem Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML Reference Photo: 1979-80 Haute Couture Yves Saint Laurent This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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  • Designer
  • Brand
    Yves Saint Laurent
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. There are areas of thinning and loss of the cross weave of the fabric on the lower back ruffle but the excessive amount of fabric makes this negligible. Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 61 in.

    D 154.94 cm

  • Bust
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Waist
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Length
    61 in. (154.94 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    51 in. (129.54 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2854
  • Reference number
    LU1283332463

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