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1985 Yves Saint Laurent Red Crushed Velvet Wrap Plunge Dress

Throughout various collections during the eighties Yves did several variations  of these draped wrap dresses. They were made in a variety of vibrant beautiful colors and different fabrications. The best ones had the deep plunging front that you see on this one. This particular design also has amazing sleeves that are very full just above their cuffs. This gives the dress a bit of a forties feel to it that I love. For this one he used a red crushed velvet hat has a wonderful drape and feels very sensual once it is on. It also has a beautiful texture to it that really adds to the impact the dress has. So wear it, you simply slip it on and it wraps around you at the front where it hooks into place to close. It come with its original matching fabric sash that ties at the waist so that you can cinch it in as much as you wish. The nod to the 1940s is self-evident, a theme that you see so often in pieces designed by Yves, yet it does not feel dated, even now. The details are gorgeous. There is light padding inside the shoulders, the cuffs are full and the front curves up slightly at the hem. I love the front plunge and how the light catches the velvet with your slightest movement. Excellent condition.

Unlined and wraps to close with a large flat hook on the interior waist and one on the exterior. Each shoulder is lightly padded and the fabric tie belt is original. Pockets on each hip. There is elastic in each cuff. Tagged a vintage YSL 36.

Sleeves: 25"
Slightly extended shoulders: 16"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam where the hooks are set now - you could adjust/move these by at least 2 inches up or down.
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3442

Reference Photos: (1-2) YSL Rive Gauche Ad by Helmut Newton, Vogue UK, October 1985.  /  (3) Dalma Callado for Yves Saint Laurent, 1985.  /  (4) Model in Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, September 1985.

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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