Fall 1981 Yves Saint Laurent Silver Silk Dress w Lace Netting & Sequin Detailing
The lines of this dress are pure Yves Saint Laurent for this time period. It is just extraordinary. For the skirt of the dress he has used a silver grey silk taffeta. This fabric choice gives it the volume that you see and helps to support the edging that circles the entire hem. For that he chose a black, sequin detailed lace. This same sequin and lace fabric was then used for the bodice. The dress is suspended from the shoulders by two thin silk ribbons. I love this detail because it gives you the option to tuck those in and wear this as a strapless piece if you wanted. The bodice is fitted and covered in a black silk lace netting over a silk organza. Black sequins have then been applied by hand to highlight the curving design underneath. This same fabric as been used all around the hem where it has been used in a single layer with no lining backing it. This gives you a touch of transparency that is very sexy. 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 and this transparency gives you a flash of skin behind the lace. The skirt is very full so that when you move you get a lot of volume and movement. A long silver silk sash wraps and ties to cinch in the waist. It also comes with its original matching wrap. This is very large and finished with a wide ruffle all the way around. This is a dress that is even better on an actual body and moves and feel fabulous once on. 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 a bit wear and fraying at their very tops. Please review the first two photos after the label shot. The matching wrap 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 of these 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: (1) F/W 1981 Yves Saint Laurent Runway Show. / (2) Model in Yves Saint Laurent F/W 1981 Rive Gauche Collection. Photo by Helmut Newton. From the book "Yves Saint Laurent: Icons of Fashion Design" by Schirmer/Mosel. / (3) Andie MacDowell for Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1981.
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