S/S 2008 Yves Saint Laurent Minimalist Navy "Bustle" Dress
The fabric on this dress is a stunning deep blue jersey that has some stretch and weight to it that allows the dress to flow and drape exactly how Stefano Pilati, the then Creative Director at YSL, wanted it to move. He said of this collection to Vogue; "I just started with three thoughts: blazers, sweatshirts, and a vaguely preppy idea and then it went into thinking about goddesses, stars". The runway dress shown was done in a similar fabric but with more coverage and in a more sombre color. This version picks up on the blue he used throughout this collection. The choice to produce it with a more bare sleeveless look and with more volume through the skirt makes for a better balance and I by far prefer this version. It is made from a sensual feeling, jersey and the draping effect this fabric creates is what makes this dress spectacular. It has the feel of old Hollywood in its cut and line and the dress is super model long. The dress is completely cut on the bias and once you slip it on it simply drapes into place and molds itself around your curves. It has a strong nod to the late thirties in its design and the fabric choice only heightens this comparison. The top is cut straight across at the front and the back dips into a V. The skirt is wonderful and it flows to the ground and beyond, draping about your feet. It has incredible seaming - some point are shaped into "points" and when these fall they drape and suggest a "bustle" effect that is thoroughly non-structured and modern. At the front the seams sweeps to one side to add draping there as well. Its really incredible. Excellent condition.
Unlined and completely cut on the bias and with flat ribbon finished edges. Slips on to wear and the fabric has some stretch. Tagged a Small but the bias cut makes it more flexible in sizing. The bias cut and stretch fabric will accommodate a range of sizes
Bust: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 63" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photo: S/S 2008 Runway, Look 37.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.