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An Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Bolero Collection Tribute to Picasso 1979



Circa 1979/1980 France Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche bolero jacket from the famous collection "Tribute to Serge de Diaghilev and his collaboration with Picasso" in 1979. Structured bolero with small shoulder pads and long sleeves in navy woolen cloth. Appliqué work of baroque patterns in blue wool felt underlined in white, directly inspired by the Parade ballet. Navy taffeta lining and branded with the famous Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Paris logo Made in France. No flaw. Excellent condition of color and conservation. Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 36/38 Height 47 cm Shoulders 42 cm Collar 17 cm Sleeves 58 cm Chest 88 cm Waist 81 cm In 1979, the couturier was inspired by Sergei Diaghilev’s collaboration with Pablo Picasso for the ballet Parade, which was presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1917. The painter designed the set, costumes, accessories, and stage curtain, a 170 m2 canvas now held at the Musée national d’Art moderne in Paris. This collaboration attested to Diaghilev’s interest in the work of avant-garde painters, not just the painters-set designers working in the theater. Yves Saint Laurent, cited by Laurence Benaïm.  At the National Gallery, I saw the exhibition of the scale models of Diaghilev’s sets for his ballets. After Bakst’s Oriental influence, you could feel the shift created by the war as well as a new impulse, a spark, with Le Tricorne and Parade. My collection is based on that specific moment and constructed like a ballet. I worked off of Picasso and a softer form of cubism, harlequins, the Blue Period, the Rose Period, the Tricorne period. … Some collections, like this one, seem special to me. I feel artistic joy. … Everything has changed. The dresses are shorter, the necklines lower, the shoulders broader. … I worked with flat colors, like a painter. I’m expressing a lot of things inside me in this collection. I’m projecting what I admire in painting and literature. I’m freeing myself with haute couture. Picasso was genius in its purest form, bursting with life and candor. Picasso was not about purity. He was baroque! He not only had more than one string to his bow, but more than one bow and more than one trajectory.


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    Marked Size: Equivalent French Size 36/38 (EU)
  • Style
    1979/1980 (Of the Period)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent Condition and Color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
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    1stDibs: LU633310740102

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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.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 plain is as flat as a canvas when the garment is worn. Mondrian’s purity met its match in Saint Laurent. In Yves Saint Laurent: The Impossible Collection (Assouline, 2020), the Mondrian dress is shown worn on the cover of Paris Vogue, as well as on British Sudanese model Alek Wek in a photographic trifold by Christoph Sillem from 1998. Saint Laurent 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.Browse an extraordinary collection of Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses, shirts and more today on 1stDibs.
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