yves saint laurent

1970s Documented Yves Saint Laurent "Coachman" Coat

This wonderful coat is from the 1970s collection and its twin was photoed on Francois Hardy. It is made of a jet black wool and is cit to be fitted and sleek on the upper body and flare out dramatically through the lower portion. It originally had a removeable caplet as you see in the photos but unfortunately the capelet part of the coat was improperly stored and could not be saved. There is a series of snaps under the collar where that capelet would have snapped into place and I have left them there in case the new owner wishes to have the cape re-created. You could easily have that done and I have priced the coat with this in mind. Of course it is infinitely wearable just as it is and if you decide you love it as is you can just snip off the snaps and love it - I am sure that the majority of time this was exactly as it was worn by most anyway. I love the high contrast shiny buttons he used during this period - that little bit of shine contrasts perfectly against the wool. The cut is impeccable and it is a great piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silk and buttons to the waist to close. Hidden pockets along the side seams. A couple of tiny nips out of the fabric along the crease of the collar as seen in the label photo. One half of the snaps for the removeable capelet still in place under the collar that could be removed if you wish or used as a template to recreate the cape. Tagged a vintage YSL 38

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 36" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# C405

Reference Photo: Francoise Hardy wearing a coachman's coat with small cape by Yves Saint Laurent for Vogue, August 1st, 1970

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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