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A/W 1982 Yves Saint Laurent Silk Taffeta Dramatic Pouf Sleeve Dress

This Rive Gauche version by Yves Saint Laurent would have been based on the Haute Couture gowns from the earlier collection and you can still see the influence of his Russian collection in its lines as well. As time progressed he has exaggerated those lines used in the 1977 collection even more and the sleeves are now far more dramatic.

This example has been constructed from a combination of two of his signatures -  silk taffeta and velvet. It features a dramatic treatment to the sleeves and it is just phenomenal. The skirt is extremely full and the photos do not do the amount of fabric in it justice. I also absolutely love that the inner layer of the skirt is a contrasting muted red, that although you do not see this when you are standing, if you sit or move just right, you get that extra flash of color. A small detail but one that I love. The fabric choice allows it to be light in weight despite the layers and also helps to retain its shape and fullness. The top is cut easy through the body with an attached silk sash to cinch in the waist and give you shape. Each sleeve is cut wide with a huge pouf starting at the shoulder to the elbow. Below that, the black velvet tapers gracefully to the wrist and buttons. It is just wonderful and truly a work of art and an important piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.

Fully lined through the bodice in a black silk satin. The skirt is lined in a deep garnet silk taffeta and the sleeves are unlined. It closes at the side with a metal and nylon zipper and each cuff buttons to close. The sash is attached at the back. Tagged a vintage YSL 40

Sleeves: 30"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 43.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2856

Reference Photo: F/W 1982 Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.

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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