c.1981-82 Yves Saint Laurent Grey Silk Taffeta Dress w Lace Netting & Sequin Detailing
I am so in love with this dress. The lines of it are pure Yves Saint Laurent for this time period and it is just extraordinary. The dress is made from a combination of a deep silver grey silk taffeta that he has used for the body of the skirt and the matching ruffled shawl, combined with a black, sequin detailed lace bodice. That same sequin lace is also used to finish the lower part of the skirt's wide hem. The dress is suspended from the shoulders by two thin silk ribbons. You could also easily tuck those in and wear this as a strapless piece if you wanted. Under those straps the bodice is covered in a black silk lace netting that has a secondary design made from applied silk organza to give it a 3D feel. Over this are black sequins that have been used to highlight the design created by the silk and netting. The bodice is backed with a black silk but on the hem of the skirt, where the same fabric has been used to finish it, it is not backed. This gives you a touch of transparency there that is very sexy as some parts of the skirt are actually cut quite high up the leg when you just look at where the grey silk part falls to. The skirt itself is extremely full so that when you move you will get a lot of volume and movement. It has a long matching silver silk sash that cinches in the waist as much as you wish. It also comes with its original matching shawl. The shawl is very large and finished with a wide ruffle all the way around. As good as it looks on a dress form, on a real body it really comes alive. Excellent condition with a couple of minor notes below
Fully lined through the bodice with a black silk and the grey part of the skirt has a black silk chiffon inner skirt. It closes at the side with a metal and nylon zipper. Tagged a vintage YSL 42. There is a faint mark on the side of the skirt near the seam and bottom of the grey part of the skirt that you only would see if you lay it out flat as I have. The straps show some wear and fraying at their very tops. Please review the first two photos after the label shot. The shawl has a small blue mark near a seam and there are some watermarks/scuffs to the fabric. These are shown in the last two shots. All are minor.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: approx 42" from waist to longest points and approx 25" to shortest
Shawl: 57" x 46"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Model in Yves Saint Laurent F/W 1981-82 Rive Gauche Collection. Photo by Helmut Newton. From the book "Yves Saint Laurent: Icons of Fashion Design" by Schirmer/Mosel.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.