yves saint laurent

1970s Yves Saint Laurent Silk Dress with Exceptional Lines

This dress is constructed from a semi-sheer silk voile that is bias cut ad done in shades of grey. The gown has an exceptional sleeve and bodice treatment that gives it a fantastic haute couture feel. Yves based many of the gowns for the Rive Gauche label on the pieces from his Haute Couture label and often they are constructed at a level that I consider to be demi-couture, like this dress. The skirt is full and yet light due to the fabric choice that allows it to be very light in weight and yet retain its shape, volume and drape. There are literally yards of silk that have gone into its construction. I love the way it has been shaped with vertical seaming so that the fabric narrows at the waist and then widens to a full circle of fabric.  Clever darting is done all the way around to make that waist line narrow and shape like that. The seaming also provide a beautiful visual detailing and helps give the skirt that incredible volume and shape. The top portion of the dress with those remarkable sleeves are the stars of the show. Each sleeve is cut with an incredible amount of fabric and each is set to come out from the waist.  The front and back plunge deeply to offset that volume and keep the fabric from becoming excessive. The tie that you see running down the back actually run through the edge of the front and back neck and you tighten or loosen this so that it sits where you wish and creates the plunge as deep as you wish. You can also wrap that braided cord around your waist to create a belt rather then to leave it tied at the back as I chose to show it for the photos. Exceptional. Excellent condition

Unlined and finished to very high standards. It closes with a low back, hidden, fine metal painted zipper. The top has a black braided silk cord that is very long and run through the entire neckline allowing you to adjust how high the neck sits and where the shoulders sit. The bust is also adjustable because of this cord. The dress will fit a larger range of variety of sizes because of the cut and the ability to adjust it through the top.

Sleeves: approx 15"
Shoulders: adjustable
Bust: no true side side seams
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 60" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD2111

Reference Photos: (1) Photographed for creative purposes by Ted Belton. Stylist: Amanda Lee Shirreffs, Hair & Makeup: Erin Heather, Model: Ginni Connors at Elmer Olsen.  /  Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >

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