c1991 Yves Saint Laurent Deep Plunge Front Blue Draped Silk Jersey Dress
A close version of this dress walked the Fall 1991 Couture runway. The Rive Gauche collections were designed as separate entities but you often saw pieces influenced by the work he did on the couture side of the business. In researching this piece I did see other similar versions done slightly later in the 1990s, but for me this was the one that felt closest to the dress available here today.
The dress is made from a slinky silk jersey that has enough weight and drape to it to perfectly fall in those soft, draped, sexy lines that Yves wanted it to be. It perfectly represents this time period and yet still has a touch of the 1940s that we so often see in his work. There is also a strong nod to his 1971 'Scandal' collection with the way the gathers are set through the waist and upper hip. The shoulders are set to sit slightly awider then the natural shoulder and this gives the illusion of an even smaller waistline. It skims over the bust and is plunged to the top of the high set waist detailing. The extremely low cut V of the front gives it a sexy edgy vibe. Below this the waist is gathered and set to hug your curves all the way through to the top of the hips. The skirt flows to the floor below that and is made of yards of silk jersey that give it movement when you move. Each side also plunges right down to that top seam of the waist and this little detail is the perfect finishing touch. I love that the color is a deep blue that is a touch brighter then a true navy would be. This is a color that is flattering on any skin tone and gives it a softer feel to the dress then had it been done in a black. It is amazing once on an actual body - much, much better then it could ever look on a dress form - and a rare find. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes at the side with a painted metal zipper. Tagged a vintage YSL 38. The fabric does have stretch so should fit a variety of sizes, stretching slightly to accommodate curves and draping well on smaller frames.Bust: no true side seams
Seam at the top of waist gathers: 13-14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at bottom of waist gathers: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 13" from top of bodice to top waist seam
Banding: 8.75" from top waist seam to bottom seam
Skirt: 38" from bottom seam to hem
Length: 59" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference photo: Fall 1991 Haute Couture Runway, Yves Saint Laurent
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.