s/s 1970 Yves Saint Laurent Book & Vogue Documented Suit
I was thrilled to find this Yves Saint Laurent suit and instantly recognized it as the twin of another of this same piece that I have had in the shop a couple of years ago, except this one is a little larger then the last I had. A rare find indeed, this suit, from the s/s 1970 collection, was photographed by Jeanloup Sieff, and appeared in the February issue of French Vogue that year. That same photograph was also republished and used in the 2012 book "Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche - Fashion Revolution", and appears on page 105.
The suit is perfectly cut and balanced in design. It is made from what Vogue described as "a polished cotton satin" and this fabric choice gives both pieces a slight sheen. The fabric has enough weight that it holds it sculptural shape perfectly. The skirt exemplifies the mood and feel of the seventies with its exaggerated A-line cut and vertical top seaming. The jacket gives a nod to the Victorian age with a high, neat collar and fitted cut. It closes down the front with a tightly spaced row of round domed buttons. It is fitted through the body with a peplum hip that balances the extravagance of the skirt. I love that each sleeve is finished with 4 matching buttons to pick up on the amazing front. It is a wonderful example of Yves work and such a delight to have such an extremely well documented piece. Excellent condition.
The jacket is fully lined in fine black silk while the skirt is unlined. The jacket closes with a tightly spaced row of round black buttons and the skirt closes with with a side zipper and flat hook & eye at the waist. Each cuff has 4 buttons that are decorative and match the ones on the jacket. There is the slightest evidence of "overpressing" to the seams but nothing that detracts from the suit overall.
Shoulders: 15.5" across
Bust: 18" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 24" from neck to hem
Waist: 14" flat across the back from seam to seam
Hips: 20" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: S/S 1970 YSL Suit photographed by Jeanloup Sieff for French Vogue. (As seen in the 2012 book Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche - Fashion Revolution)
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival