c.1982 Yves Saint Laurent Dramatic Sleeve Silk Taffeta & Velvet Jacket
This amazing Rive Gauche jacket by Yves Saint Laurent would have been based on the Haute Couture collection of that season and you can still see the influence of his earlier Russian collection in its cut. As time progressed he exaggerated the lines he used in the 1977 collection even more and the sleeves evolved to a far more dramatic version that we see here. The jacket is constructed from a combination of two of his signature fabric choices- silk taffeta and a rich velvet - both in a deep rich garnet. The exorbitant treatment to the sleeves is just phenomenal. It is cut to be fitted through the body to give you shape and highlight the waist with a ruffled small peplum just under the seam. Each sleeve is cut wide and full with a huge pouf starting at the shoulder to the elbow. Below that the silk tapers in to the the wrist and buttons just above a wide ruffled cuff. I love the ruffled trim that sits at the base of the pouf and exaggerates the sudden slimming in to the wrists even more. Glossy black faceted jet black glass buttons are the perfect finish. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a matching silk satin and the sleeves are unlined. It closes at the front and cuffs with buttons. There is a extra jacket button (chipped) and an extra wrist button sewn inside. The slightest of marks on the velvet under where the buttons sit which does not show when on and buttoned.Tagged a vintage YSL 36
Sleeves: 26" to seam at wrist, 29" to end of ruffle
Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 17" from neck to waist seam, 22" to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: F/W 1982 Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.