c1980 Red Silk Yves Saint Laurent Attr Wrap Top & Skirt
This is an important and exceptional silk taffeta, wrap top and full length skirt with amazing and dramatic puffed sleeves. This Rive Gauche version would have been based on that Haute Couture gowns from the late seventies collection. It has no YSL label any longer but is clearly his work and bears the label of the Paris Department store W. Beresford on Rue St Honore. I have dated this to the 1980s collection based on the set worn by Iman (see attached) that bears a strikingly similar sleeve and wrap treatment, although it is even more elaborate on this version. Our example was done in his signature silk taffeta that is a stunning cherry red color, clear and true. The exorbitant double pouf treatment to the sleeves is just phenomenal. The skirt is extremely full and the photos do not do the amount of fabric in it justice. The sheer amount of fabric in the skirt is wonderful. The fabric choice allows it to be extremely light in weight and yet retain its shape and fullness. The top is wraps around the body and ties at the waist, creating a simple V plunge. Each sleeve is cut wide at the shoulder and then tapers gracefully to the wrist. Two tiers of that extraordinary pouf and gathered detailing adorn each sleeve ending in a narrow buttoned cuff. It is just wonderful and truly a work of art and an important piece of fashion history for the discerning collector. It is also very versatile since it is separates and the pieces can be worn together and presents as a gown, or you may pair them up with other pieces in your wardrobe. Very rare and museum worthy. It is exceptional in every possible way. Excellent condition.
The top is unlined and wraps to close with a silk covered snap in the V of the bodice to hold it in place. Each cuff has 5 silk covered, functional buttons. The skirt closes with a zipper and hook & eye at the waist. It is fully lined in a fine tissue silk. Pockets on each side.
Note that if you adjusted the waist you could easily fit this on a smaller frame and if you are not very broad across the shoulders it should be fine on a larger one then the size medium equivalent listed. Note the color is a little more of a cherry pink red with a more blue undertone that the tomato red it photoed. It is even better in person!
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 18" from waist to hem
Waist: 14.5" from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Iman for Yves Saint Laurent (Ad from French Vogue), 1980. / (2-3) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, for her weekly style column on our blog Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >
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