1982 Yves Saint Laurent Black Ruffled One Shoulder Dress
I love this black one shoulder dress by Yves Saint Laurent. It is in the spirit that the last few modern YSL collections have been based on and you can see the influence in archive pieces like this one on the modern day collections. The dress is constructed of black crepe through the body with silk taffeta ruffles adorning the neckline, shoulder and hem. It is cut to drape over the bust and waist rather then hug it tightly and then the hips are more fitted so that the ruffles really become pronounced and have an almost Spanish feel to them. There is no definition through the waist. It just falls from that one shoulder into an easy fit until it hits the hips. The top is very sexy with just a single silk tie at the top of the shoulder that leaves the other bare. A ruffle circles the neckline. The bodice is entirely cut on the bias leaving it loose around the waist. The hips are more fitted as mentioned and the lower asymmetrical hem is finished with two rows of ruffles and a bow on the higher set side that perfectly offsets the bow at the shoulder. Excellent condition.
Unlined and slips on to wear. It ties at the top of the single shoulder. Because of the bias cut silk and loose fit though the waist the measurements are a bit deceiving so its important to make sure the hips work. Appears to have been worn very little if at all
Bust: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photo: Joan Severance in YSL by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, July 1982.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.