1976 Yves Saint Laurent Russian Collection Fur & Leather Coat
This is from the famous Russian collection from the Fall/Winter of 1976-1977 and these are rare and hard to find. The now legendary 'Russian Ballet and Opera' or 'Opéra Les Ballets Russes' Haute Couture collection by Yves Saint Laurent for Fall/Winter 1976/1977 was one that took the fashion world by storm and has been endlessly re-interpreted since. Here we have a leather and fur coat from the Yves Saint Laurent Fourreres line and it combines the practical with all the style and chicness that the Russian collection inspired. These leather and fur versions are rather rare and this particular coat is in exceptional condition. The leather is a soft lamb and the edges and dull upper inside bodice lined in a deep chocolate fur that is very soft and fine. I love how all the edges are top stitched with a deep red thread, placed to emphasize the lines of the coat and give it that Russian Cossack feel. Highly polished buttons close the coat down the front and the skirt is amazingly constructed with lots of fullness. It really transforms when on a real girl and is just wonderful. Amazing and rare piece of fashion history. In excellent, museum quality condition.
The upper bodice and cuffs are lined in fur and the sleeves and skirting of the coat are quilt lined. It closes with the buttons at the front. Tagged a vintage YSL 44. It has been specialty cleaned.
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 25-26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 19.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 29" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) The Peasant Collection 1976 as photographed by American Vogue / (2) Coat from the MET / (3) Catherine Baba at the S/S 2017 Haute Couture Shows in Paris. (Top Photo by Nabile Quenum; Bottom Photo by Phil Oh)
I have a small collection of historically important, key designer labelled vintage furs, fur trimmed & feather pieces stored away in my archives that I will be slowly posting on the site over the next couple of years until I have none left. I will no longer be buying furs for the shop moving forward and have not purchased anything for several years now. I feel like times have changed and while there still is a place for vintage furs for some, including collectors and historians, many modern girls are choosing other options. Many of the pieces in my collection are representative of the designer during a set time period in history that was different then our modern outlook. I have decided that the best course to handle this controversial issue is to let the pieces I have go rather then sit in a cold storage unit. All fur coats, fur trimmed & feather pieces are final sale
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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