Rare Spring 1990 Yves Saint Laurent Mini Front Skirt Longer Back Pink & Black Dot Dress
This is a rare and hard to find dress. The shorter black and white version was used in the ad campaign that year photoed on Supermodel Christy Turlington. This was one of the iconic pieces of that season and I am very pleased to have found this example. And do I dare say that I love the pink version better then the one used for the ad campaign?
The spring 1990 collection was fully of whimsy and ruffles. It highlighted just how well Yves could do a feminine piece with a bit of wit and romance. The dress is made from a light weight silk organza that holds the shape and volume that you see beautifully. It has been dyed to a soft pink and then has black dots worked over it from top to bottom. The front of the bodice is scooped and edged with his signature black braiding. The bodice is cut to skim over you and then comes in a touch at the waist. It skims past the waist to end at the top of the hips. If you wanted to add more shape you could easily add a belt to really define and cinch it in. At the back the dress has a series of glossy black buttons that pick up in the dots in the print. The seam that runs around the top of the hips is set on a curve and at the back it dips down just a touch for a pretty feel. The skirt is set into that seam and it is gorgeous. It is set in a series of soft pleats that give it the volume that you see. There is a tremendous amount of fabric in the skirt. At the front it falls to just above or at the knees depending on your height and then it curves down and around to fall to mid-calf or the ankle, again height dependent. The bottom edge of the skirt is finished with a wide ruffle and this just increases the volume and movement that the skirt already has. The fabric is light enough that the skirt will move with the slightest bit of air. When you move it moves. The last perfect touch are the sleeves. They are cut to the elbows and each is finished with the same ruffle and the skirt. It wraps all the way around the edge and then runs up the side for a bit of a jaunty flare. I love it. This dress is beyond in person and far better then how it even photoed. Excellent condition with a note below.
The top is lined in a matching fine silk and the skirt and sleeves are unlined. It closes with a back zipper under the decorative row of buttons. The buttons on the cuffs are decorative. here is a small inner hip panel under the skirt. There are some areas of yellowing on the ruffles of the skirt on one side and a tiny colour run mark. With the volume that the skirt has this is very minor. Please see the two photos after the label shot. Tagged a 40
Bust: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at top of hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hip panel: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam and if you added to that the hips would be completely open
Bodice: 21" from top of shoulder to seam at top of the hip
Skirt: 15" from seam at top of the hip to front hem, 34" to the back hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Spring 1990 Yves Saint Laurent Runway. / (2-3) Christy Turlington in a Saint Laurent Rive Gauche dress of polka dot Abraham fabric, for the Spring 1990 Ad Campaign, photographed by Arthur Elgort.
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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