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1978 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Tunic & Pant Set

Yves Saint Laurent was the master of making simple pieces into something luxurious and fine and here we have a Haute Couture example that is the very definition of that aesthetic. The tunic, pant and tie are all made of a very fine, high grade silk in a black and white. I love that the tunic is covered in little abstarct white half circles and the pants adorned in tightly spaces "stars", while the tie belt is both - one pattern on one side and the second on the other. The pants are cut loose and easy - almost a pajama pant - with an elastic waist and a wide leg that in anchored with a broad band of black silk at the hem. They are slightly cropped and feel incredibly modern. The tunic lies over the pants and falls to just above the hem with long high slits over the sides that go right up to the hip. There are two buttons at the top of the tunic and one below where the belt would tie - I feel like it is really meant to be worn more open and loose over the pant with the belt slung around the hip for a hint of shape. It is incredibly easy to wear yet is cut with a master hand so scream luxury. Excellent, appears unworn condition

The present day house of Saint Laurent has only just announced that they are doing a exclusive version Haute Couture for select clients, however they are not yet recognized by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris. This set was produced and made by hand, under Yves himself and when the house was a true member of the Haute Couture. It is a true treasure. Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special then modern ones since they are the originals.

Both pieces are unlined. The pants slip on to wear with elastic at the waist and the Haute Couture red thread at the inner waist to denote the front. The tunic has three buttons down the front and retains its original tie belt. Numbered 43427. The easy shape will allow for a range of sizes

Sleeves: 16.5"
Shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 22.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 47" from neck to hem

Waist: 11-13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 37.5" from waist to hem
Inseam: 28"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD2302

Reference photos: (1) Yves Saint Laurent S/S 1978 Haute Couture Runway. /  (2) Actress Romy Schneider, photoed by Manuel Litran, August 1, 1978

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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