1970s Unlabeled Christian Dior or YSL Haute Couture Lesage Top
This top is the last of the Haute Couture pieces that have come to me directly from the daughter of the Haute Couture client who would have ordered it from the atelier. It has not been on the market prior to this. She shopped primarily with Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and unfortunately the label was removed at some point. This is the only piece that her mother did not document as to which house it came from. I am leaning more towards YSL as it bears a remarkable resemblance to this one, that one we previously sold from this same collection.
Regardless of which house it originated from, it is absolutely exquisite. The top is entirely hand made as the parameters of Haute Couture define. The silk chiffon used is of the finest possible grade and you can feel the difference at first touch. I love the extensive embroidery and bead work that covers the exterior. The level of workmanship is extraordinary and it is certainly the work of the Lesage ateliers. It forms an intricate pattern over the silk chiffon that completely covers the majority of the top and the sleeves. The very bottom portion of the top is left as just the silk so that it does not get ruined when you tuck it onto your skirt or trousers. At the back the zipper extends past the lower hem in the manner that Couture pieces were finished during this time period. I cannot go on enough about the fine workmanship and sheer time that this would have taken to create. It is an absolute work of art and a stunning example of Haute Couture during this time period. Excellent condition with one small note below
Backed in a nude silk chiffon and closes down the back with a hand set zipper that extends beyond the hem in the traditional Haute Couture manner. Entirely hand done. Note that there is a slight texture change to the silk under each arm with minor discoloration. There is no evidence of it on the exterior and it was priced with this taken into account.
It is always a privilege to have true Haute Couture pieces pass through the shop. Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special. You also get a lot for your money in many ways with vintage versions as the cost of current Haute Couture has skyrocketed.Shoulders: 13.5"
Bust: 16.75" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21.5" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.