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1987 Yves Saint Laurent Strapless Ruffle Silk & Taffeta Mini Dress

This lovely little dress is one of the several versions that were produced that year for both the Haute Couture runway and the Rive Gauche line for Yves Saint Laurent. A version in pink and black was featured heavily in the  fall ad campaign for the Rive gauche line that year. I love the pink version as well but think that the all black is perhaps even more wearable for a larger variety of occasions.

The dress is lovely with its strapless, curved bodice and short, fitted silhouette. The main fabric that makes up the body of the dress has a slight bubbled textured feel to it which make it more of an interesting choice than a plain black fabric would have. I love the ruffle detailing that finishes the edges. This is a classic YSL touch and gives it a flirty, girlie feel that it would not have without that finish. The ruffles edge the curving neckline and go all the way around the back. Wider ruffles edge the hem and there he used three full layers of the ruffle set atop of each other so that there is a touch of volume and a flare to the skirt. At one hip is a large black bow done in the same silk taffeta that the ruffles are made from. This adds a saucy bit of volume at the hip. Everything about the cut of the dress is done to highlight the curves of the body from the way the hem is set to that final ruffle that sits curves across the back. It is wonderful. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black cotton fabric and the interior bodice is lightly boned for shape and support. Inner waist stay that hooks to close  and the back closes with a fine metal zipper. Tagged a vintage YSL 38

Bust: 15-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 31" from top of bodice to hem and the top ruffle adds 2.5 inches above the top seam of the bodice

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3090

Reference Photos: (1) Naomi Campbell for Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, F/W 1987.  /  (2-3) Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture S/S 1987 Runway.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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